Two people attracting mass crowds. One goes to hospitals, prisons, old age homes and more and preaches the gospel of peace and love and courage to face pressing issues and spiritual promise, speaking with humor and a smile. The other shouts and harangues with an angry face and preaches division and ridicule and exclusion and winners over losers and blaming the poor and the marginalized and promoting ignorance.
The millions in one audience go away humbled and inspired and teary-eyed and hopeful. Those in the other more angry and vindictive and outraged about the wrong things for the wrong reasons.
That people are hungry for leadership is clear by the sheer numbers. When a leader takes the responsibility of leading people to their own best selves, offering comfort, solace, hope, truth and the courage to face life’s difficult questions, the world is refreshed. When the power of public voice is used for mere personal power and feeds people’s distrust and prejudice and discomfort with thinking, the world is endangered.
Leaders, use your power wisely.
Followers, choose your leaders wisely.