Government is an idea, not a person. A government does not lead, people do. A government cannot smile, cannot laugh, and cannot think, it is a concept and a form for leadership, but is that what we have in modern society?
So much attention and focus goes in to politics, to the political ads, millions of dollars, hours of television and radio, but all to what end? I like to think of it all as a bit of a moving target. It’s a dog and pony show put on to keep people entertained and distracted. It works for the masses of people who are waiting for someone else to shoulder responsibility for their lives and make things better. What kind of person do you want to be? Are you waiting for some super hero politician who is going to ‘save the day’ for you? Are you hoping that your favorite will win the election and then all your dreams will come true?
No one else is going to deliver to you your pot of gold. No one is going to put your feet on the rainbow bridge. No one, but you can do any of these things for you.
Government has become an ever growing monstrosity that needs to be curtailed and returned to its intended role. The role of government was never intended to be social caretaker, moral leader, or the arbitrator between people. Government is a concept and a thought; it was intended to be a means of different cultures and countries to interact as a whole, to provide for and see to the National Defense, and to assure the possibilities of fair trade.
It is an organization that has become too caught up in its own red tape, it has become a show of pomp and circumstance that leads to nothing but ruin of those waiting for it to ‘fix’ their problems.I write from the perspective of my own American government but my thoughts are not limited to it alone. The purpose of government is universal. The effect seems to be universal as well. All men are created equal – so starts our own documentation. What matters is, what are you going to do with that equality? Are you going to sit around and collect your welfare check? Are you going to wait for social security? Are you hoping that the government will fix health care? What makes any of these things the government’s problem? That happens when we, as individuals and people, decide that the problem is “too big” for us to handle. This is where I disagree and where we start to go astray.
There is no problem so big individuals cannot fix it, improve it, or make it better. Any change, better or worse, starts with an individual. One person steps forward and works for change, then other, like minded individuals join with that one. This then becomes a movement, this then becomes sweeping change.
Look through history and you will find at the center of any great movement, any change, one person who started it, stepped forward, and collected like minded individuals and then change came. Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Jesus, Mohammed, all leaders that changed the culture around them, all individuals who stepped forward and led. In politicswe often hear references back to “great” leaders, such as John F Kennedy or Ronald Reagan.
Also note though that even in these cases we don’t refer back to the ‘government’ of that era, we look at the individuals who understood government was a tool that they used to effect change. Maybe you think you can’t make that much change, maybe you think you don’t effect people around you. I would counter that those are merely your considerations. You are the one deciding you can’t affect change, you are the one deciding whether or not YOU will be a leader or if you will be a follower.
How do you effect change? You lead. How do you lead?
- Define the situation you see that you want to change.
- Decide you can create change in this area.
- Find an existing program that is addressing that need/situation or create one that addresses it.
- Volunteer, step forward, effect change through action.
- Work hard, pure of heart, not for accolades, but for the effect you will create.
These five steps will set you on a path to leadership. You don’t have to be the most charismatic, you don’t have to be the most brilliant, you don’t need a degree. You do need your innate desire to help, to make the world better, and a willingness to accept responsibility for doing something yourself.
It doesn’t start with a world sweeping change, it starts with doing one thing. Then another, one step at a time, we didn’t reach the moon in a single attempt, it was a series of steps taken that led to successful action. So it is with becoming an effective leader, do and make mistakes, learn, then do more, with the new knowledge gained.
Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of not doing something about it.