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%CRITICAL MASS ALIENATIVE TENDENCIES LEADERSHIP GOD 041228 %DICTATOR EMPEROR EMPIRE BUILDER POWER CONCENTRATED 041228 %EXCESSIVE WEALTH RICHES GOODS INTENTIONS ARROGANT 041228 %INITIATOR PROPOSAL FIRM RESOLUTE TENACIOUS CONFIDE 041228 %OPEN HONEST DIALOGUE LISTENER VULNERABLE POORER 041228 %WEAK SICK NAKED ILLNESS HOMELESS DISEASE FAILURE 041228 Most famous leaders show many, if not all, of the following traits which are usually thought of as "great" leadership traits. 1. Taking initiatives, making proposals. 2. Being firm, resolute, tenacious. 3. Showing self-confidence, being self-assured. 4. Being quick in sizing up situations, deciding. 5. Being bright, intelligent, well-informed. 6. Playing dominant roles in generation motivation. 7. Being willing to take major risks to get-ahead. 8. Showing courage when others hang back. 9. Having a good sense of the "big-picture". 10. Eliciting trust and confidence in others. People who fail to show most of the above leadership traits are generally not respected, honored or followed with any sense of trust and confidence. Thus, would-be- leaders seek to avoid behaviors which suggest that they lack any of the above leadership traits. The tragedy is that being determined to avoid showing a lack in any of the above "great" leadership traits makes for leaders who are: 1. Domineering, coercive and often violent. 2. Unable and/or unwilling to admit/learn from mistakes. 3. Unable to take time to consider complementary ideals. 4. Unable to get others into decision making processes. 5. Prone to arrogance, self-righteousness, false pride. 6. Unable to let complementary people show leadership. 7. Willing to rush ahead led by ignorance/prejudice. 8. Unwilling to admit that a desired goal is impossible. 9. Unable to affirm complementary ideals, values, goals. 10. Unwilling to trust/respect complementary people. The "margin-of-error" in potential-leaders who try to demonstrate "great-leadership-traits" is small; and many would-be-leaders err on the side of becoming: arrogant, self-righteous, domineering, coercive, violent, dictatorial, alienated, destructive, fool-hearty, and unapologetic demonstrators of hubris. Such would-be- leaders to not want to be seen as: soft, gentle, slow, doubtful, unsure, uncertain, timid, indecisive, faltering, confused, contested, irresolute, flip-floppers, etc. When the members of a community are unable to recognize would-be-dictators and would-be-emperors; they are likely to get what they should fear more than their ostensible enemy leaders. We should always fear our worst-relationships --- which relationships include us and our most ALIENATIVE-TENDENCIES. People who trust "The Domination System" and "The Myth of Redemptive Violence" are prone to trust without question the above ten dominant traits of "Great Leaders", and are likely to be dominated by such "Great Leaders". In contrast, True-Lovers seek out others who DO NOT TRUST either "The Domination System" or "The Myth of Redemptive Violence"; and so seek to be able together to let go of all such confidence in trying to achieve security through personal or in-group "INVULNERABILITY". True-Lovers DO NOT seek to form wealthy/powerful coalitions of any kind. True-Lovers seek to share what they have, know and trust through demonstrations of distributive-justice; and thereby expose the WEAKNESSES of "The Domination System" and "The Myth of Redemptive Violence"; e.g.: 1. Alienation, estrangement, ignorance, prejudices. 2. Mis-understandings, confusion, tragic-ideals. 3. Impossible-goals and impossible-visions. 4. Visions of personal wealth/superiority. 5. Visions of eternal invulnerability/powers. 6. Not having to admit mistakes/blunders. 7. Not having to seek forgiveness/reconciliation. 8. Not being vulnerable to complementary ideals. 9. Not being vulnerable to complementary people. 10. Not ever having to show any form of reverence. Such demonstrations of the WEAKNESSES of "The Domination System" and "The Myth of Redemptive Violence" terrify those who trust in them as offering the sure means and technologies for achieving ETERNAL INVULNERABILITY; at everybody else's cost and disintegrations of personal and communal integrations and integrities. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================