Elected and chosen officials
I have been following the Kavanaugh hearing as well as staying aware of the state of political discourse in the States. I’m a US citizen, but not a US resident, so what happens there doesn’t affect me on a daily basis.
Here is information from Spirit about leadership and the relationship of people to their leaders. I think this information is important to understand.
“(People) must not expect more from their leaders than they do from themselves. THEY MUST NOT EXPECT MORE FROM THEIR LEADERS THAN THEY DO FROM THEMSELVES. Leaders are simply a reflection of the society they lead, no better, no worse. However, leaders must strive to balance themselves, especially when they are tempted by the benefits that come from being leaders.”
— From The Gift of Intuitive, Dedicated Comfort
Leaders are people who “…pursue public roles when they are motivated by internal desire and strength, communal support, admired role models, peer pressure, or acquisition of power.” from The Gift of Intuitive, Dedicated Comfort. Leaders take on leadership roles for many reasons, and each leader is an individual with individual motivation and individual goals. Leaders should not be lumped into a group nor should they be raised above or lowered below other people.
The people who choose to dedicate their lives to public service are placing themselves in positions of power and ridicule, privilege and expectation of purer behavior. Societal members must remember that these leaders must not be worshipped nor should they be expected to live more simply than others in their society. Each leader must be evaluated on his or her own merits and must live according to societal rules and mores. And each member of society should see himself or herself as a leader who can contribute and influence and bring forth balance in the world.
The elected officials are elected because of the rules the society has developed. Even corruption that is allowed to occur in official agencies is a reflection of the society. People who allow corruption to be part of their society are creating the society they abhor if they don’t work to stop it. Turning a blind eye to the societal troubles is equal to the work done by some elected officials to create them. All are responsible for the state of their society.