Essential Knowledge to Grow a Democracy part 15
The Leadership Myth
Have you ever learned or thought something that you later in life found wrong,? When I was a little guy my Dad taught me not to cry, but when I got older and went through an especially difficult patch in my life I got reconnected with my feeling, which I hadn’t up to then known anything about. I had lived for 20-some years living outside of a vital part of life.
In Canadian politics we have a vast unknown before us, one that we have not yet connected to. We see our political leaders as combative, less than honest and sometimes ruthless. We accept it in politicians because we neither think we can do anything about it, or simply because that is the way it is. But is that necessarily true?
As mentioned in my blog “The Power of the Leader”, the Swiss don’t have just 1central leader, rather they have a Federal Council of 7 individuals. They are not so much national figures as they are administrators for the people.
It goes against logic to think that one person, or one person with his collective yes-men would govern Canada better than the collective input of a nation of people. The Swiss in fact do that. The people themselves have the right, and the ability to promote national policy right to the ballot box and acceptance by a referendum. Talk about a great big suggestion box.
A system like this suggests the value of the citizenry to the good of the whole society. This idea is foreign to us because it is so far on the other side of the horizon that it is unseen and inconceivable. But this idea binges on something else that we have not yet considered, that being that the solutions for all of Canada’s social and economic ills are within us, Canadians. We have not been considered valuable – we have not yet dreamed.
Looking back to our leaders, Canadians are not near inspired by them. Power is not intelligence. Status is not vision. In elections we only get horses to pick from, none that we have chosen, or would have chosen. “Then why don’t you get involved and change the system” they say. I answer “The public doesn’t have the stomach to endure the low road, the backroom deals or the corruption of our democracy.
We need democracy. Pure, direct,and for the people. When the people are soveirgn the cream will naturally rise to the top. True leadership is far superior to assumption of power and to pretense.
Until Canadian learn to forsake the leadership myth of strong dominating, perhaps overbearing leaders, we will not believe in ourselves, and we will always be just a potential.