Sunday, February 25, 2007

WANTED/NEEDED: A LEADER FOR A NEW WORLD

In case you haven't noticed, the world is different now. Nothing is, or ever will be, the same as it was before. Human actions have changed the earth's climate, terrorism has changed geopolitics, the Internet has changed communication and commerce, economic globalization has changed the boundaries between state and corporation, international transportation has changed the dispersal patterns of disease. These new realities are difficult to understand and accept, but we need to put aside our old ways, and adopt (and adapt to) new ways.

Old style leaders using old ways of thinking aren't what we need. Their time is over; their ideas and methods don't work anymore and are actually doing more harm than good. We know this; it's in the news every morning, it's the topic of our conversations every day.

Who will our new leaders be? Who actually understands the new realities of the world? Who can articulate the new realities in ways that help us understand and accept them? Who has the ability to translate this awareness into new paradigms for moving ahead and thriving in a new world?

In the USA we already have a number of announced candidates for President (even though the election is almost 2 years away!). I look at this field of politicians and see mostly people who are part of the old way, and by their statements and positions let me know that they can only think in that old mind set. Those who are closest to my particular politics say things that sound good, use the right buzz words and phrases, and identify the right issues, but it really all sounds the same, and I've heard it all before. I'm actually hoping that Senator Obama, because of his age and not-yet-solidified connections to the old politics, might be the candidate who breaks away from the old paradigms and presents us with a new set for a different world.

I honestly don't have a lot of hope that things will change in this world the way I know they need to change. This lack of hope is based on experience - after all, U.S. voters elected George W. Bush not once, but twice! Elections aren't based on reality, they're based on hype and spin, and who does it best. I hope someone surprises me this time around.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said! One factor alluded to in this message is the media and how this aspect of communications reinforces an old paradigm in new ways.

Television media is now solely based in sound clips, rather than sound analysis, leading to politicians being "handled," to create effective sound bytes.

In reaction to this, news in print plays the same gotcha-political reporting, hoping to retain readers. Few people take time to read because their lives are busy, and the print journals know this. Headlines, gossip, and "newsworthy" stuff like "swift boating" sells the printed news.

Politicians are trying to circumvent the control of t.v. and printed news by creating their own direct websites. Here they present the old paradigm because the new one (a global perspective with long-range vision) will be too politically dangerous, making another "swift boating" possible by their opponents.

This phenomenon drives retention of an old paradigm, so the world continues in it's needless poverty, wars, climate change, and lack of global solutions, all of which are possible.

Sherry

Karin said...

I am soooo with you guys!

But, we do still have the power to be "the change we want to see in others" in our own little circles. The trick is to figure out how to grow and connect our circles. And you know what?! I think WE are growing our own circle(s), slowly, slowly, but it is growing.

In otherwords, we can't give up!!!

I am so glad to be sharing a circle with you both.

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