A scalpel in the hands of criminal will likely yield results entirely different from a scalpel in the hands of a physician. Without stretching the point, the same can be said about power. It’s a tool that can be used in multiple ways depending on the person wielding the tool. Its value, whether it be negative or positive, depends on the way it is used.
The words power and politics seem to hit fairly strong emotional sentiments for a lot of people. We each have some familiarity with power and politics, and the ways in which it has contributed positively and negatively to our lives. Many of those experiences have been positive ones and have contributed greatly to improving living conditions. Some of the most progressive ideals upon which our country was founded were formulated by people in a position of power. The concept of personal liberties is a tenet that had very little historical backing yet through the efforts of influential and powerful people many nations now are flourishing as a result of personal liberty.
But if we look at the aggregate of history’s leaders and what they have influenced, there is often a reoccurring theme: some use power for positive change, and others use it to marginalize a population. This blatant abuse of power was not only detrimental to those immediately affected but also to their descendants for generations to come. It takes great effort to build a population of ethical people, and even one negative experience can impact a life, long term. We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved people but we don’t have to look very far back in history to see that not all of our leaders have conformed to that ideal we hold so dear.
You can look at a country like a family: if the parents are honorable and just, it is likely the children will grow up to be the same. It’s not a stretch to understand that power as wielded by political leaders can be extremely important factors in shaping societal attitudes. But, it might be harder to understand that leaders are not born that way; they must be shown how to lead ethically and be given the tools to accomplish that goal. It’s not very difficult to imagine an entire world run by enlightened men and women who understand the significance of humane leadership.
Having noble leaders isn’t really as remote a thought as it might seem. Already there are organizations in existence that are committed to making this a reality. One organization, NXIVM, is already way ahead in establishing itself as a leading center for providing world leaders with the tools and knowhow for arriving at the kinds of ethical decisions that will positively influence generations of people they lead. NXIVM’s founder, Keith Raniere, is believed to be among the upper most leaders in the field of human potential. His focus is on ethical dilemmas and how they can be used as tools is great for developing effective leaders.