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You don't seem to mind if you have to force-feed your leaders with ideas and motivation and garner support for them.


Your powers of imagination are quite potent. I've said nor intimated nothing to infer this. In fact, I require no less than anybody else - actually probably much more since I think I can come up with an idea or two myself about things!


You said the following:

  • "We are always - seemingly - questioning/doubting/criticizing (hatin'?) our leaders, maybe we should just shut up and follow someone, anyone (within reason)."
  • "Let's choose a thoughtful forward-thinking person and suport, suport, suport."
  • "Let's work with her/him to craft a national strategy for us, and then march lock-step behind."

    I don't think I've mischaracterized your comments. You repeatedly put the bulk of the responsibility on the followers. And that's what I disagree with.

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    That said, I just flat out disagree with many who complain about a lack of leadership in our community. As I've said, there are PLENTY of people who have stepped up. There are far fewer people who have stepped up to be good followers - that's my point.


    MBM, do you think people would deliberately ignore a message they respond to and feel passionate about? IMO, the real explanation is that there is a plethora of people with platforms, but no real leaders, no one person or issue people feel compelled to throw their weight behind. You should follow someone you are enthusiastic about, not follow just for the sake of following.

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    Large, unified groups of very stupid people under a stupid leader can do some very dangerous things.


    Why would you assume that any group of us would be "stupid"? Why would you assume that we would empower a "stupid" leader? Isn't that a rather pessimistic and paternalistic view of people?

    Wha? I don't assume that a large group of us would be stupid. You are continually pushing unity above all. IMO, it's more important to think of what a potential group is going to be about. The full sentence was "This depends on what you are unified around and who you're unified under. Large, unified groups of very stupid people under a stupid leader can do some very dangerous things."

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    I agree, and haven't suggested otherwise Ms. Queen of the Hyprebole. bsm

    Razz Wink

    I'm out.
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