When our leaders so obviously lack normal human empathy, all we can trust is their own self-interest to guide them to decisions. I am not being judgmental when I say this, I am being hopeful. You see, the fact is that the greater good is the safest, happiest solution for all leaders to follow, for their own personal happiness, as well as the good of the people. When our leaders see that they are happiest when they serve the people, all the material wealth in the world won’t matter. Their true self-interest is serving the people.
I realize that I am saying things in absolutes. As if I am some all knowing superior being, which is not true. Some other people said it better:
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity — Leo Tolstoy— Leo Tolstoy
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give — Winston Churchill— Winston Churchill
Making money is a happiness; making other people happy is a superhappiness — Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus— Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus
Giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping, because giving gives you purpose. When you have a purpose-driven life, you’re a happier person — Goldie Hawnn — Goldie Hawn
One could argue that our leaders purposes are their own self-enrichment with monetary gain, a joyous little dance of arithmetic to the bank. We sometimes wish that our Mr. Scrooge would be visited by his ghosts, alright already! Perhaps we need a Tiny Tim to bend his hard heart, just a bit, to let the light come in.
Fictional scenarios aside, we DO have the power to bend hearts, to awaken compassion, to inspire. Through the arts, in a compelling unified way, human being shines.
The Empatharian Movement for Peace is about this: Moving hearts, minds, as well as physical people. Let us speak our truth. Let us trust the power of our prayers.