Thursday, May 04, 2006

Demanding 100% obedience

When a leader demands obedience from his followers, and then tries to seal their obedience through rituals, it shows a great sign of weakness.

If a leader truly leads, and if a religious or spiritual leader lines his actions with truth, then he will not care whatsoever if others are following him. He will have no need to because as he forges his way through reality by seeing and aligning himself to truth, others will want to follow; they, by their very own volition, follow his lead. They will recognize this order, strength, and wisdom, and they will want to be near it. Not all will follow, but those that want more light, or those that want to survive in this reality, will follow.

The opposite of this is for the leader to be so lost that he must exige obedience from his subjects. He doesn't know the correct way, so instead of real leadership, he turns around to his subjects and castigates, reminds, obliges, and enters into covenants with them to make sure they obey him; and this, of course, is weakness.

The leader is weak because instead of ordering reality, he focuses himself with the elements that would follow him if he were only correct. If he were correct in his ordering, others would not be able to help themselves, they would be drawn to him as a moth to a fire. The elements want it; they want to be lead towards beauty, they want to be lead towards order; they can't stand the murkiness of chaos. So, his demand that they obey is an obvious sign that he does not have this power. He does not have this order, and so no one by their own volition would follow him. They must be coerced through social pressures, fear, guilt, shame, or the abuse of knowledge. Only then will they follow the path that is not correct.

True leaders lead; they do not look around to make sure others are following.


Blogger Seredne said...

Your blog subject is so interesting. I'm sure it must be a very difficult and confusing time - good luck figuring things out!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Jason King said...

Thanks for your comment, Seredne.

"I'm sure it must be a very difficult and confusing time"

It is, but I guess life is normally like that for most people. It's rarely spelled out on the wall so easy to understand, so I guess I'm just like everyone else.

I do appreciate your encouragement :-)

8:35 PM  
Blogger sufferwords said...

Thanks for the insight


11:10 PM  
Blogger Jason King said...

Thank you for the comment, Sufferwords.

11:35 PM  

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