August 30, 2016
that those people who must want to rule people
are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
Anyone who is capable
of getting themselves made President
should on no account be allowed
to do the job."
Power can take down the most robust of characters. It's a fire that burns unless it is somehow dispersed and expiated. The irony is that nobody who wants to be president should be president, because they are the ones most likely to become corrupt, if they're not corrupt already.
Lured by power, lured by the need to rule, lured by the need to control, those seeking power are the least fit to wield it.
So it most definitely goes.
Barring any real-life mythological heroism, power over others is simply too much responsibility for one person, or even a group of people, to handle.
With that taken into consideration, here
are seven reasons why we do not need a president.
Power Tends to
"Power tends to corrupt,
and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
As Abraham Lincoln observed,
Authentic power empowers others. Honest
power has no need to cling to power, it releases it instead. It
spreads it out. It expiates it. It empowers others.
Authority be damned. Hierarchy be
damned. The only thing that matters is the prevention of corrupt
power, lest we inadvertently slip into a tyrannical state.
And still, the ballot boxes are fat with
the myopic votes of the blindly obedient.
The Presidency Just
Propagates the Outdated Power of the State
It's not civilized.
It has literally been the most blood-thirsty brutalizing system
ever imposed upon this planet.
This is not civilization, this is the Great Lie.
Or if it does represent civilization,
and that is truly what civilization is,
then the Great Lie is that
civilization is good for us."
Or, as Nietzsche claimed,
Alas, the accumulation of the state has led to the erosion of individual freedom. A bottom-up approach toward reclaiming individual power, and thus individual freedom, should come first.
But that doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to what must come second (if there is to be anything left to be free in at all) - a systematic collapse from the top-down.
It begins when we get over this outdated
notion that we 'need' a president.
Anarchy Trumps All
Other Forms of Governance
do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly,
while bad people
will find a way around the laws."
This is due, in no small part, to the
false accusations and trumped-up charges vomited out by
statist-individuals with propagandized soup for brains.
...rather than obeying rules and laws
made up by other fallible human beings.
And so blind allegiance to a president
is a hindrance for any human being seeking freedom from the tyranny
of would-be rulers and upstart masters.
Trumps Representative Democracy
than to introduce a new order of things;
for he who introduces it
has all those who profit from the old system
as his enemies."
That's just smoke and mirrors; another
way to keep the people divided on tough issues so that it gets the
government off the hook for making bad decisions. It doesn't get
them off the hook, but it does slow things down.
The answer is not to win, or to give up,
or to get revenge, but to create something new - in
this case, new ways of communicating and updating policies within
that construct, while questioning outdated policies and
misconceptions regarding politics and civics that can get us out of
the statist box.
True democracy, horizontal democracy, doesn't work this way. It never has and it never will.
Like JFK said,
And the "right" answer just so happens
to involve individualized freedom that thwarts the tyranny of
We Need Prestigious
Leaders, Not Power-Hungry Rulers
because your eyes are closed.
The day you open them
you will see
there is nothing you can learn
from me or anyone.
What then is a Master for?
To make you see
the uselessness of having one."
Anthony de Mello
The former allows for the blossoming of the human spirit under freedom. The latter blocks the flourishing of the human spirit under rule of tyranny. Real leaders don't need followers. They don't even need power.
They lead by prestigious example and
slip out of the strangleholds of power like a snake shedding its
And if that's not cryptic enough for you, there's this metaphor:
Bestowing Power to a
President Leads to an Apathetic Citizenry
is the most far-reaching consequence
of submission to authority."
A community commanded by a leader atop a hierarchy tends to be an apathetic, politically myopic, and civically inert community. So it goes with the "commander and chief" tossing dictates down an ill-conceived chain of command.
We have an entire nation playing the
victim, caught-up in a viciously codependent chain of obedience.
is Handicapped by Outdated Tradition
This revolution is a breaking away
from the old, repetitive, dead structures of thought and perception
that humanity finds itself trapped in.
Such a revolution requires
an ongoing emptying out of the old structures of consciousness
and the birth of a living and fluid intelligence.
This intelligence restructures
your entire being - body, mind, and perception.
This intelligence cuts the mind free
of its old structures that are rooted
within the totality of human consciousness."
The ebb and flow of the human experience through time must be allowed to be one of trial and error. Trial and error that becomes law and order is the bane of human evolution.
As James Russell Lowell intuited,
As such, it is incumbent upon us to learn from the mistakes of our forefathers by not being like our forefathers but, rather, learning from their mistakes and using what they got right as stepping-stones toward something healthier.
Which just so happens to place,
If it's true, as Aldous Huxley said,
...then it behooves us to keep this lesson at the forefront and not allow outdated traditions to hinder the healthy, progressive, and sustainable evolution of our species.
The ill-conceived concept of the presidency is precisely such an outdated tradition. It's time we left it behind on the parochial woodpile of all things obsolete, dried-up, and combustible. Burn baby burn...!
While we're at it, we can toss
the Imperial State Crown of England
into the fire as well...