I’ve been thinking about pedestals a lot lately, Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans. I’ve been on several walk-abouts, meeting with people in positions of authority, observing changes in the world around me, and reading articles and viewpoints from people around the country. And lately, I’ve come to a few conclusions.
Humans put other humans on pedestals. We do this in many areas of life, but the three that seem to have the most impact are Spiritual/Religious, Business, and, Government. When we put people on a pedestal, it is as if we are saying, “Oh, they are so great, so much higher than us folks here on the ground. They are more enlightened. They are smarter. They are more successful…” Yes, organizations have to have people in charge. But those in charge need to stay humble, because they don’t know everything.
If a person in power, a leader, tells you that they know everything, that they alone know the truth, I urge you to get as far away from that person as fast as you can. No one knows everything. A good leader is constantly learning, and should admit that. No one person can know everything. A leader should admit when they make mistakes.
Pedestals are top-heavy. There isn’t a lot of room for error, up at the top because so many people look up to you. People may think you are Oh So Great, being the Leader. People may not want you to grow or to change, while you are up there.
Good Leaders won’t go it alone. They know the loneliness of a vaccum. They will ask for help. They will seek out and unify with other good leaders. They will create room for each other, share and take turns.
Look for good leaders and support them, but don’t give them all your power. In this way, you will be able to “Share your peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and the big Waters all around us.”
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