Saturday, October 01, 2005

Walk beside the leader

Every individual…has to retain his way of thinking if he does not want to get lost in the maze of possibilities. However, nobody is sure of having taken the right road, me the least.
- Albert Einstein (written May 25, 1953, near the end of his life)

The more we retain our own way of thinking, the more dedicated we are to doing things our own way, the greater the chance that we will make a mistake. Yet not making mistakes means not learning, which means not improving ourselves. Mistakes are an essential part of life if we are to get better rather than just older.

Those who do not make mistakes get into less trouble, but they simply exist rather than live. They follow someone else, trying to live vicariously from their leader.
It doesn't work. Following a leader when the leader leads by consensus is constructive. Following a leader who has his own agenda and seeks his own best interests is a waste of life.

Life is not given to us to turn over to a self-interested leader. It is only meaningful when we help others, when their bests interests become ours as well.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to give everyone the skill and the ability to lead their own life rather than follow selfish leaders.
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