The Absurdity of Leaders
Let's take for instance the case of a burning building,
where in the rage of flames a few struggling individuals looking
for a way out by wandering frantically in the smoke. An
individual sees a window, an opening, a way out. S/he walks
towards it, seeking a way to free her/himself from the situation,
and in walking towards the window, while the rest of the chaos
continues, turns her/his head back and yells to the others that
they have found a way out.
Does this make her/him a leader? Is there a factor of
authority automatically applied to the individual in question
now? Knowledge? Is the individual now seen to be better skilled?
Does that individual have a long time spent, a lifetime of
experience in the field of finding windows in a burning building?
Even if they did, until being put to use in such a situation,
should they be designated that task, "in case," there may be a
fire that would destroy, enrage, all the other possible ways out?
Is this person the designated driver of burning buildings? Like
the one sober individual in said scenario, do we allot the
responsibility of watching for outlets of escape at any corner,
in any room, of any given building that we may enter and
re-enter, in the same way that we would that sober individual
holding the keys at any given social event?
If the act of looking back and alerting your other human
beings of impending harm is to be considered grounds for some
kind of higher application of value, then must not those that
apply this value to said "leader," acknowledge the reason
that they have given for that application? Those that embrace the
concept of "the leader," must also understand that the leadership
in this case was denounced by them, upon another, because they
were unable to accomplish the task of finding a way out of the
burning building themselves.
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