It’s come to this, because of us. Rather than accept our power with responsibility we give power to those willing to seize it – politicians. Then we mistakenly look to those politicians for leadership.
Think of this contrast of the few, I-me-my versus the many, us-we-together as the potential of one person alone versus the potential of many people together. The potential of the many is far greater than an individual alone. Human society is greater than the sum of its parts.
My distinction regarding politics: The use of power employed for the benefit of a few or for the benefit of many. For the few or for the many. The fewest of the few is one. The greatest of the many is all.
In the United States and unfortunately too often around the world, politics is elevated to a lying, cheating, stealing art form, an art form with many accomplished masters. We are going to try to make sense of the political art form.
The pendulum has swung to an extreme. Either the “me culture” will manifest a self-destruct sequence and our current system will die, or we will embrace our personal power, overcome the “me culture” and advance.
Personal power comes with a burden – responsibility – and that burden exacts a price. The added weight of responsibility takes a toll on the individual bearing it. Power people abandon is inherently corrosive. Over time, bearing the burden of additional responsibility, even a selfless person is tempted to turn from “we” to “me”.