I look at the headlines, I hear the chatter and the noise. Today it is a certain threat, tomorrow it’s another. We gather under the tree of disruption, uncertainty, exhaustion and fear. Some of us are angry, some resentful, some are sad, mad and tired. Our leaders are corrupted and we are fearful that our democracy will be eroded and permanently damaged by their long-lived deeds of corruption. We want it to improve yet we choose people to lead us who lack greatness and wisdom. We settle for promises and stay anxious, worried and fearful. It is almost like ground hog day. It just repeats and repeats and we wonder why it has become so polarized. I include some of the thoughts of Wallace Wattles the great philosopher from the early 20th century who wrote deeply on greatness.
As I look at individual lives of our current leaders and those who would like to be leaders, I question the ability of any of them to be great. But then you might ask, what makes one great? How can you recognize greatness? It certainly isn’t monetary success. We have untold numbers of people who are financially very wealthy but they are not great. They are successful in creating wealth, some through corrupted methods. It certainly isn’t necessarily in any religious leadership. They may good at gathering in the flock or becoming “pastor-preneurs” but that doesn’t create greatness. It does sell trinkets, books, candles and other assorted opportunities to hold a tangible piece of God. How about academia? Perhaps, there are some really great people here with professors, researchers, scientists?
Greatness is something different. The essential ingredient of greatness is wisdom. Wisdom is the power to perceive the best ends to aim at and the best way to reach those aims. As Wattles states in the “Science of Being Great”, it is the power to understand the right thing to do. The person who is able to be strong enough to do the right thing and is wise enough to know the right thing to do is the truly great person. This wisdom is dependent upon knowledge. Where there is ignorance, there cannot be greatness. Human minds are limited so we must connect our minds to the real wisdom and only Divine wisdom knows all. Only Divine wisdom knows all truth. Wisdom is obtained by reading the mind of the greater intelligence.
To create better leaders for our land, we need to obtain greater knowledge and tap into the greater intelligence. We need to stay clear of those who promise and preen, who pander to audiences, who speak words of babble and promise quick fixes. We need to understand that our society is incomplete. It is unfinished. We can work to complete this unfinished society instead of “renovating a decaying one”. We can work with better hearts and a more hopeful spirit. The key is look upon civilization as a good thing that is becoming better. Always see the world as evolving . It has been produced by evolution and is not finished. We have come from very simple forms of life to complex human beings to becoming more complex and refined human beings as we continue to evolve. Everything is incomplete and in the process of becoming.
We cannot lose heart. By going back to our center we will find the pure idea of right. You have outgrown many ideas and from force of habit continue to permit them to dictate your life. Abandon what you have outgrown. Do as well as you think. Think the best thoughts in business, in politics, in the community and in your home. Develop a gracious countenance. Remember that you cannot be ruled from below if you are to be great. You must rule from above. Do not be in a hurry and do not act from superficial impulses. You can trust Divine Intelligence for the solution of all your puzzles. There is no hurry. There is only Divine Intelligence. Remember you will get no power or wisdom until you are calm. Be poised, be calm, be cheerful and have faith in the Divine Intelligence. Remember this, you are not mentally developed by what you read–BUT, by what you think about what you read. You will manifest greatness only when you begin to stand alone.