Many cultural social constructs have had benign leadership. Many have also had bad to malevolent dictatorship. This is True for nations as well as tribes.
A True Benevolent Leader is a real blessing to a struggling People, that need enlightened and “firm” guidance to survive and become Better and More. But pity the Individual who undertakes such a calling. Too often they have to trust the un-trustworthy and sometimes are even betrayed by the very People they are trying to help.
Having the final say about policies and ways of doing is very intoxicating and it takes a Truly special person to avoid this intoxication. A person that has a real grip on his, or her egos. This is, so far, extremely rare in the Humanity Of Urth. Only a few names can be seen, that has achieved this extreme virtue:
(1) Jeshua Ben Joseph a.k.a. Michael Of Nebadon, Jesus, The Risen Christ. “The Son Of God In Human Form”. Was born of Human Woman, but may not have been the seed of Human Man. Therefore not Truly a Human, though He has established a very Good example of what a benign leader might do. Though his personal sacrifice on the cross does not seem to be very productive in terms of Human Social Constructs and Evolution. but much of what He achieved has yet to become real (in the material sense) yet. We’ll see.
(2) Machiventa Melchizedek. A Spiritual Being that took the form of a Human Man in order to keep alive certain Revealed Truths about Creator and Creation on Our World. Was not “born” from Human Woman, but was materialized as a mature male adult…therefore probably does not qualify as an example of a “Benign Human Leader” of Us. Though Humans could follow his example some.
(3) Abraham Lincoln. Though arguments have been presented that denies his benign aspect, this great leader did seem to empathize with the “Common Man” of his times.
(4) Martin Luther King. A definite Human benign leader, but only within the Spiritual or Religious part of Our Nation. I have wondered what kind of President he would have made and what his views of Direct Democracy might be.
An Individual often starts well on this difficult quest, but begins to fail as they encounter the endless problems associated with their leadership of a cultural social construct. The ratio of Good, Responsible Citizens to those that are less so is still way unbalanced and out of proportion to the operational and functional needs of a nation…or even tribes for that matter.
It occurs to me that a benign leader might try to find and prepare, a replacement, in the event that the benign leader begins to fail in their quest. Or that a “pool” of benign leaders is developed to expedite a continuity of “Good Governance” for a Human Cultural Social Construct.
We also need to take a careful look at what is Truly Benign. What are the acceptable limits of tolerance within this rare Human Skill Set? How much wrongdoing from members of a given society should be put up with? Should these parameters be flexible and fluctuate? And who, should be the final deciders of these issues?
What role should the People have in these national and tribal matters?
If a Truly Benign Leader does step forward for Us, shouldn’t We step forward toward Her, or Him? Or “Them”?
I believe so. We The People, as Good Citizens of Our Nation or Tribe, should make it Our Sacred Quest to Evolve Ourselves to “Well Educated”, “Responsible” and “Devoted Members of Our Societies”.
“Well Educated” is a very important consideration here. What will We mean when We say “Well Educated”? These meanings will have to be predicated on Our Individuality, as well as Our Collective Standard Of Decency about this. Perhaps a worthy goal for this would be that 75% of Our Population would be Educated so well, in many aspects of Life, that Our National Will would be an excellent example for the rest of Our World to emulate.
We could begin these things and practice them, at the tribal level. Within the New Tribes (as well as the Old Tribes) it would be easier to design, formulate, and experiment with the best methods of Good Human Governance. One advantage the tribes would have is a greater coherency and compatibility across its membership, due to initial agreements about what is included and what is excluded…as to Human Behavior and Ideas. Three hundred Humans have a better chance to build unified standards of living and governance norms than three million.
To conclude this article I will say that “Benign Leadership” and “Good Governance Of The Many” can form a powerful alliance and ability in the quest for a Superior Humanity in a Peaceful World.