Tue, Aug 9, 2016
Even with regular gym work outs and family time, our presidents cannot, or if they can, then they don’t want to think usefully and or coordinate useful thinkers.
“Are leaders chosen by God or Do they choose themselves?” This is a question I ask myself whenever I see leaders all over the world, exercising their rare and stupid urge to not only spear head the perpetration of calamities but also perpetrate and or engage in broad daylight thuggery, in their territories.
There is a persistent and significant gap between these outlandish actions by world leaders and whether they are chosen by God or not. (I leave out the details of which actions I’m talking about because I believe in the awareness on global events known by the reader of this article).
Much as I believe in biblical anecdotes which posit the Deity as the chooser of leaders, for a moment, I’m forced to believe that most of these earthly leaders choose themselves or better said, they are not chosen by voters. Instead, they choose their voters.
This is because the process of connecting the dots on how the Deity’s supremacy could be associated with this prevalent, man-made misfortune is quite unbearable and incomprehensible, especially when intellectualization is the tool used to decipher this mystery.
Such Deity-misfortune connections are only comprehensible when the intellectual mind is in a state of surrender!
Speaking of anecdotes, I fell in love with the leadership lessons woven in the Exodus (the journey). This Israelites’ mass movement, initially under Moses’ leadership (Moses is said to have been chosen by God) taught me the lesson on how, and why we ought to manage our anger if we are to reach the promised land, in our personal Exoduses.
I specifically learnt this lesson from the scene where Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock, for water to flow. By striking the rock, having been overshadowed by anger due to the endless demands from the people he was leading, Moses implicitly defied God’s command which was to speak to the rock.
Moses was thereafter punished, by God, who denied him the chance to reach the promised land. There are many philosophical deductions and inductions from this Pentateuchal treatise but I want us to focus on the basic, posited fabric of leadership therein. That is to say, despite the pervasive variety of contemporary phenomena to describe what leadership is, leadership ultimately boils down to how harmonious one’s body and thoughts are.
However, whether it is the leaders with the harmonious self who should be considered as the ones chosen by God or not is not only an immature debate but also an ineffectual deliberation. The mature and effectual deliberation is whether leadership begins with leading oneself before you can show others the way or not.
So, I would suggest that a profoundly edifying debate on leadership ought to focus more on the lessons in why Moses didn’t reach the promised land than on whether Moses was called by God or not.
This brings me to wide gap between the arguably admirable, contemporary leadership style shown by President Barack Obama and that of our African Presidents.
Laden with an incessant inflow of global and home hate speech, African presidents’ livelihoods have become unproductive, both to themselves and those they lead. Our presidents ought to incorporate Obama-like, liberalizing playfulness, with utmost ingenuity, if they are going to start thinking fruitfully for prosperity and posterity.
Currently, their schedules are predominantly fraught with self-centered “How do I…” thoughts like these: “How do I hang onto this power?”, “How do I win over the parliament’s favor?” and “How do I…, How do I… etc.”
Even with regular gym work outs and “family time”, our presidents cannot, or if they can, then they don’t want to think and or coordinate thinkers to create holistic policies for the citizenry they lead. Much as such insufficiency in productive ideologies is not endemic to African countries only, it is significantly more prevalent in African countries.
Of course the causes of these constricted work methods and policies in African governance are quite many and inter-dependent but the fact that our presidents don’t have considerable rest and play time is arguably the origin of such a potential pandemic of insufficiency of useful thought, among our African cabinets.
So, I urge you Mr. President, who is reading this article, to get some play time like President Obama. How about I give you a hint. You could need one, given that you are already biased and conditioned to repeat the past: How about inviting children from nursery schools and prompting them to ask you any questions, while being televised on national television?
Dear Africans, let’s break out of our carapace of repeating the past. You might want to get in touch with me on how to get novel. See you when you come!
Edrine Habasa is an autodidact bridge engineer, dialectician and knowledge enthusiast. He's also a debunker of falsehoods as he champions the truth.