Leadership and Power in Today’s World
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Leadership and Power in Today’s World

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No one wishes to have their wills subverted. We live our lives seeking a level of control we never really achieve despite every effort. We often settle for the illusion of control. People in positions of authority over us are not always there because they have a particular set of skills that set them apart from those they seek to control. They are often there because they do not wish to be controlled and instead exercise control over others to avoid having the same fate thrust upon them. Power is the exercise of force or implied force to impel an individual to behave in a particular manner, most often against that individual’s best interests. Power, more often than not, is an illusion.
Organizational structures such as businesses and governments exercise authority over their employees and citizens. Organizations such as these and the people that run them only have power as long as people believe they have power. Power in effect is a shared delusion. Most authority figures are delusional for imagining they have any such mandate. Those who toil under them are delusional for believing that another set of human beings that they outnumber by multitudes has anything tangible that even approaches power over the masses of people who submit to a small minority of self-anointed leaders.
Those that exercise authority over others will only inflict hardships that their subjects are willing to endure. We cannot complain about what our governments or employers do to us if we silently and stubbornly suffer through their abuses. The power they have is the power we give them. Power is an illusion, a spell cast upon the masses of men and women to make them compliant and subservient. If Governments and corporations had any real power, they would not require deception. Deception instead is the standard operating procedure of nearly all power structures that exist today or have ever existed throughout history.
In more primitive times, before the advent of mass communication and access to news, it was easier to control population segments and paint a reality for them that was conducive to obedience to the aristocracy that ruled. God himself anointed leaders of kingdoms via the Vatican in Rome. After all, if God himself anointed and blessed leaders, disobedience to them was disobedience to God himself. As the church’s power waned and the world became a smaller place metaphorically, a new means of control formed.
Many studies conducted by governments and scientists worldwide found financing from control structures to better understand humanity. Here in the United States, the ruling class has always sought to avoid confrontation with those they rule, and just like in others countries, they set up an adversarial system of governance. Those with wealth and perceived power still rule over the other classes by setting the poorer classes against one another through political division. Each political party has financially disadvantaged members and, at the top, the political elite that controls the country. They sow seeds of discord by pretending to be at odds and having the populace squabble over issues they never intend to solve one way or the other.
This is why in each election cycle, many of the same issues reemerge repeatedly, and many of the same solutions are proposed. It is a phony conflict designed to enrage and direct people’s attention away from where it should be.
Angry and confused citizens lash out at their fellow man instead of the people selling out their children’s future for the sake of power and money. The means of control today is to sow confusion, discord among the populace, and distraction from the issues that matter. Politicians of every stripe are controlled not by voters but by the billionaires that pull their strings. Their only political mandate is to maintain power, enrich themselves, and do the bidding of very wealthy special interest groups. The idea that these political parties oppose one another is as laughable as the same political parties ever voting for term limits. They have control over us and are puppets of a wealthy ruling class. Politicians have the appearance of power, but they are no powerful than a hooker performing sexual services in an alley. They are the hookers, and the billionaires that control most of our infrastructure here and all over the world are their johns. We essentially are the homeless people begging for change on the sidewalk in this analogy.
However, we do not have to live this way. As stated earlier, compelling power must be a delusion shared by all. We have only to say no and do so in sufficient numbers, and we can change this world for the better by demanding accountability and integrity from those that lead. Furthermore, we must choose our leaders and not allow our leaders to choose us. Money does not make some people right and others wrong; it only means that some are more fortunate than others. We would all like to think that the wealthy procured such wealth through merit and skill, but it is often through deception, coercion, and outright thievery. If people are willing to cast aside morality for the sake of money and power, they do not deserve any leadership positions in government or any organization. We owe it to our children to demand better of ourselves and those that hold a greater responsibility that comes with leadership.

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