Saturday, October 8, 2016


I realized today why it is that I'm so allergic to exercising leadership and telling people to follow my lead. I mean, I can step up and get things done when no one else is doing it, but it makes me uncomfortable and today I realized why:

It's because fundamentally, I'm a teacher at heart, not a leader. If I'm telling you what to do, then that means I'm depriving you of the chance to learn how to lead yourself, and I'm failing as a teacher. Instead of saying, "Go that way and do this," I want to say, "Well, here are some of your options and the likely consequences of each. Which one are you going to choose?"

My goal is never to collect minions. I am only comfortable wanting to bring people up to my level; I want to make them my peers.

If I esteem mankind to be in error, shall I bear them down? No. I will lift them up, and in their own way too, if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning, for truth will cut its own way.

"Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else."

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