One of the most difficult things to handle in this world is the responsibility of power. Whereas most individuals perceive it as a tool of control, it is in fact a tool of service. There are very few who understand that.
To wield power is similar to the idea of wielding a compassionate umbrella of protection over the heads of a multitude. It must be done carefully and with enough skill that those who are being helped are covered fully and not incompletely.
Most of those who are placed in power positions today assume they are to simply tell everyone what they should do, but nothing could be further from the truth. A true possessor of power must seek out knowing the desires of all who are under his/her protection and then strive to satisfy those needs, not their own. Power is not for personal control but for the satisfaction of others. It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to find out what another’s needs may be and to determine if they can be met and how to meet them. When one has the power to be able to find out, filter out, and then mete out, one’s own desires must be put aside for the benefit of the greater whole.
Too many individuals throughout history and in the present believe power is all about them and their own personal lusts. They seek to satisfy their own wants and likes at the detriment of their vulnerable assembly. When a leader is a poor leader, it becomes obvious quickly when those within the congregate group echo dissatisfaction and distress. Good or great leaders will seek to satisfy as many as possibly, right down to the very least of them, and the results should exemplify a happy, content, comfortable population.
When we look at the leadership of the average society today, it is rare to see a general happiness woven throughout its fabric. More often we see crime, economic hardship, mental and emotional dissatisfaction, and hostility directed toward the leaders who appear to be satisfying only their own personal wants and needs.
The world today is rife with huge multi-national corporations who function with policies based only on profit margins and greed. These groups have expanded to become so large that they literally overshadow most political organizations, even those governing whole countries. When leaders with the agenda of personal economic growth become the overseers of our world, we end up with what we see today around us: severe environmental damage, oppression and slavery, massive poverty, exploitation on economic and environmental levels and little if any care for the individual citizen, let alone recognition of the idea of personal rights.
The world today needs leaders who understand the idea of their sacrifice not the sacrifice of the citizenry. That is so far from the average leader’s mind it is almost non-existent.
It is up to the educational system and spiritual institutions to raise leaders who understand poverty and want, and the idea of being a compassionate overseer who will put the needs of other first before their own.
As the world evolves and spirituality adjusts within its populations, these changes will occur, but it is up to the people themselves to create the protocols for these changes and the criteria for great leaders.
When every individual stands up and demands change, change will come. Until then, leadership may have to be nurtured and grown at a grassroots level where true humanity can be taught more effectively.