Reading an article
about how the U.S. economy has turned from the greatest capitalist to the newest socialist economy - not exactly agreeing with all the arguments but number 2 on the list was no longer having leaders with moral character.
It reminded me of a guest lecture I heard when I was a college student at Cornell College
way back in the mid-1980s. The speakers were 2 journalists who had written books and met with world leaders of some note. One of the speakers was William Shirer
who wrote The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
. He was a close acquaintance of Gandhi and later reported from Germany during the early stages of WWII. I do not remember the other journalist right now but one of his big name interviews was with Golda Meir.
The focus of the talk was their experience with world leaders but the message was how we should not rely on extraordinary leaders to lead us in the future because there are few who will be able to break through and the incentives to do so have all but disappeared and can be perilous. Instead, we should focus on leadership - a skill that can not be taught as such but is cultivated and developed.
I have more thoughts on this but need to sort them out with respect to the economic crisis the U.S. and world is experiencing and the U.S. presidential election before I write more.
Here is a picture one of the more awesome sights at the Calgary Stampede parade.
A parting idea formed in my head about the guts to ride a bull for 3 miles in a parade and the guts to show leadership.