Regardless of National or World government, Leadership is a must.
As I put my thoughts to paper, I realize the immense need for only the best of our Leaders to be on a governing body. They must be exemplary in every possible way. This is not nor cannot be a training ground for any who are not qualified. In this, I believe, age and experience are of great importance.
I place age first. Only because those extra years bring the experience I refer to. I have written that the experiences which have the most significant and lasting impact on us are often repeated. Examples of this abound in a marriage and/or the relationships between parent and child. It is an unavoidable truth, and most damaged people result from this.
Also, my position for many years is that leaders have more than just power over those they lead. They can either create an environment that allows followers to grow or an environment that is harmful and, in some cases, destructive.
So, although a world government may or may not occur, there should be means to restrict this group’s selection to include only the wisest. Ideally, these would be those who have demonstrated such wisdom over the years. And that they have given much to others, rejecting special and narrow interests. People like these have existed throughout the ages. Every nation and religion has given birth to them.
Naturally, this might never happen, but the danger remains that we may self-destruct. We can only guess what the future may bring, as it is not ours to know. Still, we see that much is not right. Simply accepting this as the way the world is and functions amounts to madness. The willingness to confront problems proactively is part of what makes an exceptional leader. Hopefully, they are among us.
Great leaders are few–A gift to be close to them–They are not a dream
What do I know? Not much about much. I know about power, leadership, relationships, and communication between people. This has been my continuing interest, study, and work for almost eighty years. So, my observations about World Government are based on only what I know.
Ideally, the governing body should comprise people who represent where they have come to be the adults they are. They must have demonstrated a passion for representing and speaking for the many and not just the narrow interests of oligarchies and the powerful. They should view the world as a single, precious totality to care for without regard for borders and fences.
While I can’t speak to finances and other resources, it is clear that a governing body requires them if it is to function. Science, technology, and education need to be fully supported. The need for weapon development or eradication should be studied for the world’s good. Another imperative is research and development for the health and safety of the world’s population.
The world belongs to each of us, so there should be no need for gated borders. Freedom must be granted to all. A free world can foster an economy that ensures all the ability to make a good living and care for one’s own.
My philosophy as a leader and entrepreneur was based on these tenents. We cared for all and helped them learn how to care for each other. In my opinion, being responsible for the well-being of people we live with, work with, etc., is essential to the world’s survival. We have enormous troubles, and I believe we must begin to act… OR?
Tine is not a thought—It is running out quickly—The world is ready.
I do not ask for agreement. In fact, I invite any comments. They can be about what I write or what you want to write about. Nothing I say is cast in concrete, ever. I type, and the words come out and become thoughts and ideas. You’re welcome to do the same.
So, I believe the world is in trouble because, in my view of things, it certainly is. I’ve mentioned the troubled environment, water, food and trade, population growth, and wars that, if they spread, could destroy our planets and life. Ironically, these are facts we all know. Yet, being helpless in the face of this is not my style.
For this paper, I express myself as the person I think I am and have been. I’ve written about being an independent and self-sufficient guy. It was clear to me early on that I was not a “joiner” or “groupie.” As a participant, I enjoyed the group. Still, I related to them as individuals. I was close to a few, but not to most of them.
Although I went to UCLA to become a professional, I chose to be an entrepreneur instead. I did work for the school system and received my credentials, but I never lost my passion for being me (whatever that meant). So, I created my own organization along with a philosophy that oozed out of me. It’s what I wanted and became. The process pushed and pulled me.
So, when I consider the world and ways to govern it, freedom for each person as a unique self may have to be altered. I am one of the lucky ones who never felt denied or restricted. Yet too many in our country know denial and restriction as their life experience. Hopefully, a world government will find a way to give every human the freedom “to be.” Meanwhile, I can dream of better things to come… Right?
Before I go further into my thoughts on our earth and its state, I’d like to discuss who I think I am. In many ways, I feel conflicted.
I’m independent, to be sure, and have always sought to be as much myself as possible. That means my need is to be as free as possible and do my thing my way. As stated in previous papers, I never saw myself as or needed to be a leader. I simply wanted to be me and not what others might want or expect me to be. So, I would say that I was “entrepreneurial,” but it was not about making money or attending school and becoming a professional. Instead, I became a merchant mariner, not as a job but to see the world. This held my interest until my monumental meeting with an officer in Okinawa. My path to walk the rest of my life resulted from his influence on me.
I knew I had a way with people. I liked most, and most liked me. I was a good listener, which I attribute to my brothers and sister and their shared time with me. Still, my independent streak asserted itself, and although I listened to many, it was still my way I followed.
I write this brief about my need to be independent even as I suggest in my papers that world government may be our only answer to our world’s survival. Many issues confront us all collectively. While I’m apparently aging well, I have time to think outside of myself and other organizations to consider the world I live in. It is unavoidable. For millions of individuals, it is about survival. For me, it is about “how do we make it better for those millions and the whole world?” Time is running short.
So, I continue—Still independent a person—And to help others.
I used to be in two places at the same time. I was always in the present with staff and kids, but when the time presented itself, I investigated the possibilities of visiting Europe as a place to hike and bike with campers and their parents. Why was I considering parents? Because many of them saw the benefits of camp. So, we would talk about what they envied and their own needs as adults. It was an invitation for me to look into a potential activity that was not common at the time. Whether the trips would remain combined or separate—one for children and one for adults— was also considered. Education and adventure were the clear benefits.
The point is that future focus was not an uncommon occurrence for me when time allowed. And now, I have the time to consider the future of our world. From my perspective, the world is having severe environmental difficulties, forcing changes that must be dealt with—air quality, drinking water, and growing the world’s food, are but a few.
All of this is serious enough, but what of the capabilities numerous nations have to destroy it all? At this time, I’m being forced to look into the future because how things are going NOW does not bode well. We must undertake different and better ways to govern and live as the one world we are before there is no time left to ponder any future!
In my opinion, nations that think they can act, live, and prosper independently live in a pipe dream. We need each other. We need to be able to trade and exchange what is full within our basket for what is full in the other’s basket. We need to see our world as a gift none of us can do without, and we all need to share in its care. Much more to come.
I live here with you—We need what we each can do—This is good for all.
There is no difference except that being thought of as a leader places that person in a position they may not have chosen. This happens when people volitionally elevate someone because of their attributes and behavior. In this case, people have selected a person to lead them who they trust to represent and protect them in many ways.
Otherwise, leaders are selected by those in leadership positions. It’s not the people they are to lead that do the choosing because this gives power to those not intended to have it. The power to empower is a rare gift made available to few people. Leadership selection takes place in most organizations where a hierarchy is in place. Power is established, as are the methods of selecting leaders, and is not easily shared.
Leaders selected by a group may be political or social. In the case of a sports team, selection may be based on the contribution an individual makes, which benefits the team and, therefore, its members. So, as I have written, the power to select a leader depends greatly on the type of organization we have in mind.
Entrepreneurs mostly do what they do for money. Power is rarely a driving force (although it exists). It’s important to know when and if power is the motive behind one’s behavior. It’s not difficult to identify—only difficult to deal with.
I care for people—Help them as best as able—It is good this way.
A leader’s behavior, meaning their ability to engage in Genuine Dialogue, is always witnessed by subordinates. Here I mean the family and those around the kitchen table, at work, at school, and relationships in general. So, it is always the leader, whether a parent or any person in that role, who, while talking, doing their job, or just being, can succeed in conveying an open, receptive and nurturing nature. Naturally, the best judges of whether this is so or not are those at its immediate effect.
A significant problem at the root of every leadership failure is that most who lead only want subordinates to follow them. In other words, from that leader’s perspective, they only desire pawns who will do their bidding instead of allowing followers to assert their leadership. So, when this type of leader “leads,” the “truth” they get back is not exactly what they need or want. Typically, that type of leader blames others instead of accepting responsibility for their own failings.
So, I emphasize that the core of relationship problems between leaders and followers is the leader’s behavior, not the relationship. This failure is not a shared responsibility. How can it be when all the power resides in the hands of the leader?
There is no question that it takes a special person who, when and if they become a leader, will fill that role with an open example of courage, honesty, and an authentic desire to help their followers grow so that they can realize their own potentials.
I lead to improve—You, if you choose to be more—We help each other
As you all know, I have lived, studied, and taught the fundamentals of GD. But, in our present time and day, it appears this level of communication is a rarity and becoming even more so. There are many reasons why I think this is happening.
Our modern world continues to grow smaller in terms of dwindling resources. Environment, food production, and water availability continue to shrink while cities overflow with millions of people. And while the technological explosion expands the ability and necessity of trade, I suggest that although many of us share the same language, we are more disconnected today than ever before. I believe all of the challenges I’ve referred to will force us to revise our way of living—not only as individuals and nations but in the variety of ways nations are governed. I won’t pursue that subject further but continue with why I firmly believe that Genuine Dialogue is more needed than ever.
Let’s start at the beginning. People need people. Our world would and could not exist as we know it without animals, plants, and human proliferation. Evolution has brought us to the point where it is obvious that if we are to continue our journey here on earth, we must find better ways to live and share our remarkable world.
Now it’s more important than ever before that the human race commits to communicating with each other. Only after we find ways to facilitate our ability to convene as one will we be able to solve the problems we face. We know well enough what they are today, and soon, we will be confronted by tomorrow’s. So consider this from your perspective: Are you present when being with another? Do you hear them when they speak and are you doing your best to understand them? Do you express your understanding by “confirming” them? And finally, are you as candid as you wish the other to be?
Our world does not wait—Time moves and so do all things—Can we wait for what?
Dinner is our social time, and usually, we eat in the bar. It’s open seating, reservations are not required as in the restaurant, and we never know who we will be seated with. Sometimes we meet people who have just moved in, or more often, we sit with people we know well.
Our conversation flows easily when we sit with people or individuals we know. The usual opening with people we do not know is, “where are you from? What did you do for a living, or are you a mother of children? If so, how many? Where do they live, what do they do, etc.?” In other words, we search for and make a connection. With new people, we make this our responsibility. With people we know, it’s mutual and easy.
Most are well educated, and we enjoy hearing their stories and questioning them when needed. Comfort is so important, and as expected, almost all of us choose (if the choice is available) to be with people we like and enjoy.
Often our conversation keeps us s at the table for a few hours. And just as often, it’s short and sweet. The subject matter makes a big difference. A recent example is the stories our single guest told us about her professional children and their work. We were so taken by her stories that we asked if she had written them down for her grandchildren. “No” was her answer, and we insisted that she does so as a necessary part of their histories. Apparently, we made an impression, as she recently informed us that she has begun to write her stories. Wonderful!
As I mentioned in a recent paper, we live in a Senior Village. The accommodations are between a fine hotel and a resort, but neither. Yet, it is unique. The corporation that owns and operates this complex has others around the country. They are all available to us if visiting any of those locations is on our mind. Next door to us is a total care facility. Assisted care is not offered here, but we live as well as possible for people of our ages.
The beauty of this place, which is called Revel, are all the people that live here and the staff of professionals who manage it. While the people who manage Revel do it superbly, I’ve chosen to write about the people who have elected to live here.
We reserved our apartment about two and a half years ago, joining some thirty-plus other people who had also committed. Most were primarily single, as there were fewer couples. Since then, it has grown steadily to about 135 residents and a long list of those waiting for apartments to open up. Interestingly, most living here are from back east with children in their 60s and 70s who live here and in Lake Tahoe. Many also have grandchildren here. So, in general, it all allows these families to remain close to each other. Always a good thing.
While many residents are retired teachers of every grade level, there are also many former engineers, technical specialists, and various professionals. Getting people to talk about their histories is easy, probably because we are good listeners and sincerely want to hear their stories. As I’ve always maintained, the more people become comfortable and feel safe, they share.
It’s not a one-way street. We also share our stories if others are interested. Politics, the state of our country, and the world often lead to wonderful discussions. In some cases, the ability to have meaningful conversations can also depend on whether people are trapped by their belief systems. I’ll write more about the people to come.