Electing a Leader
—not exactly a wise course of action ...
From one perspective the very concept of electing a leader is absurd.
We are smothered by a system in which the followers select the leaders.
Followers select leaders.
This naturally (and irresistibly) prompts the question:
What do followers know of leadership?
Nothing, except that they want a leader; they want to be led.
But this is not knowing something of leadership.
It is merely insight into followship (if I may coin a word).
Followers are - obviously - directionless.
Being rudderless suggests not only an inability to determine a proper direction, but also to pursue it.
If we are a follower, we do not know where we want to go, or how to get there if we did know.
Do we really want a nation of people of this ilk deciding who will be the leader?
I used to think that I did, but not any more.
After the voters in this country selected George W. Bush to the highest office in the land, the clouds parted and the light came shining through. I became firmly convinced that at least sixty-million of them deserved to be disenfranchised.
Take a hard look at what they did.
They had the power to select a leader, and look what they did!
They put Alfred E. Newman, all grown up, in the White House.
Followers only know of following.
They know nothing of leading.
Followers are directionless, clueless and cowardly.
If the polls may be believed, the vast majority of citizens in this country are followers.
Nearly all confess to be associated with some sort of organized religion, be it Christianity, Islam or Judaism.
There is no religion in the entire world that is not somehow based on fear.
People are Christians (or Muslims or Jews) because they are afraid not to be.
A Christian (or a Muslim or a Jew) cannot give you a reason (in the sense of a rationale) for maintaining allegiance to their religious orientation.
They bear a strong similarity to patriots. A patriot also is devoid of any reason to be a patriot. If we analyze it honestly, we cannot help but arrive at the conviction that a patriot is a person who simply likes his/her country.
A patriot likes his country.
It is very little different from saying that we like our family.
Everyone (at least most everyone) likes their family (in the vast majority of cases the real reason that people hold allegiance to their religion is due to the fact that it was the religion of their family).
People who do not like their family have a way of getting messed up in the head.
I like my family too, no matter how dysfunctional (another quality that seems to pervade many a family in this country) I sense them to be.
I have a question I would like to ask every patriot and/or religious type in America:
How do you feel about the human family?
The human family is our real family, the real bona-fide deal.
It is time, indeed, past time, for Americans (and all the other nationalities) to get their heads out of their nationalistic asses and join the human family.
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."
To live by this sentiment is to live with the realization that it matters very little who the leader is.
Leaders are unnecessary.
Leaders create followers, in the same way that the north pole of a magnet induces the south pole, and in the same way the the rich create the poor.
If no one was rich, no one would be poor.
And if they were poor, they would have no knowledge of it without the rich around to constantly remind them of the fact.
We need to stop playing the game of follow-the-leader (always a rich dude).
But it is difficult to accomplish in a nation of followers. Followers are always on the lookout for leaders, as if they are somehow incomplete without them.
If we would truly like to stop being a follower, and thereby make an impact on the current dismal dynamic (and thereby truly contribute to changing its direction), the following course of action comes to mind:
1. Stop voting. By continuing to vote we continue to support the democratic process that does nothing but keep everyone in their place. It keeps the rich rich and the poor poor. If we genuinely want to do something about the growing inequities of resource allocation, we should stop supporting politics as usual. No one is more qualified than anyone else to be in a position of leadership in the current system. "All men are created equal" suggests that all men are equally qualified to make decisions about the creation of the laws that govern us.
There should be no voting for the purpose of deciding who will serve in public office. Such service should be an obligation, something that all citizens are required to do (occasionally, as in jury duty), not something that is only a privilege for the wealthy. The only voting we should continue be involved with is referendum voting. It is one thing to vote directly on a piece of legislation, and quite another to vote for a person.
2. Stop supporting the market place (or at least reduce participation to a bare minimum). Stop being suckered into buying the latest of whatever is being marketed. In other words, stop supporting built-in obsolescence, which is yet another way of supporting the wealth that promotes the current system. Whenever we do buy something, buy quality, something we plan to keep forever, to pass on to our estate.
3. Stop being a sports fan. (Talk about being a follower.) To openly admit that we are a fan of a particular team is to admit that we do not have a life of our own. To say "Stop being a sports fan" is the same as saying "Get a life." They are equivalent statements. The whole sports scene does little more than promote the competitive ideal that fuels the marketplace, the same marketplace that creates the winners and losers that we so casually refer to as rich and poor.
4. Strive to become a true individual. Think your own thoughts, not someone else's. Anyone who is not an individual is more susceptible to being led around by the nose, and thus duped and deceived.
5. Totally destroy the house of religion that we inherited from our family and build our own. We may build a similar house, but at least we will know that we built it.
6. Embrace the family of man as your real family. This does not mean that we should disown our legal/biological family. It means that we should at least try to get a grasp on the big picture, on what is truly real. If we are focused on the big stuff, the little stuff will not phase us.
7. Promote technocracy. It is the only way of ensuring that the fair and equal distribution of resources will ever become a reality. Once technocracy is in place (and some day it will be), the delusion of democracy will fade like a bad dream.
February 24, 2008