Sunday, April 25, 2010
Without leadership, the nation fails
The democratic dilemma
Without vision, the people perish. Only a vision that links their individual aspirations to some larger purpose can keep a people organized for their own welfare and survival. For such a vision to exist as an organizing reality, leaders must articulate it as well as make decisions that keep it functional. In a democracy where people elect their own leaders, a dilemma arises out of human nature. People can win votes and leadership through using the arts of rhetoric to flatter and lie. In power, such people give lip service to the vision but undermine it in the pursuit of self-interest.
Can a majority of voters be wise enough to resist flattery and see through deception?
Not if the education system is corrupted.
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