More About Leaders

Just a note, these thoughts are heavily influenced and informed by some thoughts posted earlier in the year about leaders. 

We must be mindful of the people we choose to follow and support. Sometimes we become so caught up and excited in the words of others we don’t take the time to see if these people who are even able to have a platform are or are not “practicing what they preach.”

This, in and of itself is quite a tricky thing, especially when you have various forces and sides trying to prove opposite things at once with what can only be described as a zeal for proving others “wrong” or their position as “right.” This is a red flag from the start. If one is setting out to prove something, one is already coming from a point of bias. I cannot say I am infallible in this regard, as I know and acknowledge I have done the same thing.

But the point I’m trying to make is that, when someone does not “practice what they preach,” it makes it hard for others to take them seriously, and it gives detractors plenty of fodder for rallying against said person and their information (be it correctly or incorrectly so). Furthermore, in this day and age, many are beginning to make such broad brushstrokes in terms of rhetoric that they are trying to invalidate whole and complex issues because of various incidents and perhaps unbalanced people. What makes matters even more complex in this day and age are the vague and sometimes hidden political/monetary agendas of various websites and groups. Just as an example, various studies and/or websites are funded by organic food companies and they just so happen to support information that makes the point of the organic food companies while other various studies and/or websites funded by GMO companies just so happen to make the point of the GMO companies.

The following example comes not because I am trying to “slam” or “discredit” this certain individual, as I’m sure there are plenty of other people who do not entirely “practice what they preach,” but because of the point I am trying to make in terms of who we support for various issues, and also how various things are used against these individuals. David Suzuki might very well be for a better environment and not support GMO’s, but this article makes it hard to take him seriously. Now, regardless if there is any truth to either article, this is the playing field we are currently on.

Part of the problem is, many are ignorant, apathetic or lazy in terms of research and thinking. Many (not all) of us go so far as to operate under a confirmation bias, which includes our leaders as well.

Not only do we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard of thinking, but we must do the same with the potential leaders and voices we support. But at the same time, we must show some compassion and also remember that we are all human and prone to various lapses. This doesn’t mean we or others shouldn’t be held accountable for various lapses, but it does mean we should help each other learn and grow.

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