April was vile,
April betrayed me,
April was cruel,
and I’d tell you the tale
of that time when
I held my pride
chose cunning enemies
over wise friends
And the trick of the prick
stuck with me
painted me white and pale
painted my hands red.
Now who’s the saint?
And who’s full of follies?
And though horizons are bright
Hearty shades of blue appear
Deceiving me before they loom.
Above me crowns glisten, light
but as the wise say
not all things that gleam are gold
And I have been told
To leave the fool with himself
But I sat there and stayed.
Now there are no days I regret not
The days I could have lived with peace
But downtrodden spirits fought back
And that day I laughed and got drunk
Merry with the fool, blind to his stunt.
Wishing I had enough erudition to flee.
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Who is choosing who? Is it leaders choosing people for them or are it people who choose the leader?
In history we can see that more than once people followed the wrong leader, but we also can see how the Divine Creator had chosen Him a people, who not always remained faithful.
Human pride made that people went astray from the Most Precious and Most Righteous Leader, the God above all gods. It is man’s self-reliance and whimsy that brought him into all kinds of difficulties.
Today, man still has a lot to learn about humility and dignified recognition.
- Humility = virtue asserted by every religion + every spiritual tradition > understood by very few.
- Humility = self-forgetfulness.
- A leader, particularly one in a spiritual position, must live a paradox.
- natural + lamentable temptation to see leadership status as a privilege => affirmation of one’s own superiority.
- best leaders = people do not notice their existence.
- Focus on self, whether in praise or in criticism =/= humility.
- leader of a people must forget himself => no room for selfishness
- leader = clear channel for the people’s will + for wisdom => no room for his own desires, his own aggrandizement, his own ego.
- Beware the rich man bearing gifts.
- For the leader to be among the wise => first necessary a measure of wisdom be found in the people.
- people follow a venal leader, keep him tightly bound with restraints of law + of their own suspicion => can do little good, dares do little harm, + law + people restrain him.
Humility is a virtue asserted by every religion and every spiritual tradition and understood by very few. It’s something that was brought home to me recently by an exploration of the phenomenon of leadership.
A leader, particularly one in a spiritual position, must live a paradox. He is “above” the rest in certain ways: taking greater responsibility, providing guidance and help to others that they cannot as easily do for themselves, upholding the highest standards of thought and behavior. If he starts to think of himself as above the rest, though, he hampers his ability to fulfill his function as a leader. There’s a natural and lamentable temptation to see leadership status as a privilege, and to take from it affirmation of one’s own superiority. It’s very difficult to avoid doing this, but the very best of leaders do.
As Lao Tzu put it:
To lead people, walk beside…
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