icons of leadership
"National icons of leadership-Ouch, My foot!" said the
Wise Old Owl trying to disentangle its claws from the twigs of the
leaders in governance and vines of leaders of business, media and
these twigs and vines are the impediments that restrict civil society,
in leading their daily lives in peace, harmony, freedom, contentment
and without fear or favour. These restricting influences now appear
to even limit the freedom of thought and action of society.
else can one explain the action of civil society in nominating the
present day politicians to the first five places in the league table
of national icons of leadership?"
political leaders, their henchmen and the media must have corrupted
the minds and blinkered the citizens to achieve such a verdict.
How else can one explain, these individuals who are driven by personal
gain, power, position, ego and self-preservation being the preferred
choice of the people? They have openly and unashamedly placed the
interest of themselves, their family, and their party above the
interests of the nation and its people.
they mesmerized the people to select them and crown them with mantles
of national leadership? Did the people not even for a moment benchmark
their nominees with global leaders like Mahathma Gandhi, Nelson
Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Mahathir
Mohamed and Lee Kwan Yew? Why didn't they compare national heroes
like Reverend Madihe Pannaseha, General Denzil Kobbekaduwa and Dr.
A. T. Ariyaratne with these politicians? How come that the national
heroes of the tsunami disaster like the doctors and nurses who delivered
a baby with a torch light in the Galle hospital whilst waves were
lashing in and the old mariner turned village headman who warned
the people of the village by just shouting at his loudest, escape
the attention of the people at the voting time?
Wise Old Owl recollects the presentation Mieko Nishimizu, Vice Presedent,
South Asia Region, of the World Bank made at the Sri Lanka Development
Forum in Colombo in June 2002, starting the proceedings with the
words " History occasionally opens up a unique space in which
those bold enough to leap can make all the difference for generations
the leap not taken, can lock those same future generations in the
prison of their past. That historic space visits seldom upon us.
And when it does, it requires leadership of vision and courage to
recognize it and to make the leap. I believe Sri Lanka has been
visited with just a historic opportunity. I believe, too, that Sri
Lanka's leaders have seen the opportunity. And I believe that the
nation is trembling on the verge of a leap". Unfortunately
yet again all the leaders now tagged with the icons of leadership
did not leap. By stepping sideways, they have locked the future
generations in prisons of the past. How is it that the civil society
now tags them as leaders, instead of criminals who harmed the present
and future generations?
civil society mind appears to have been corrupted, in that "they
see no evil and hear no evil of politicians - The Media bears all
responsibility" speaks out the Wise Old Owl " They consistently
focus attention on politicians and show them good or they show them
bad and corrupt, but in both cases they show them big, great and
as heroes. So at first recall by civil society, the leaders are
only those who are so tagged by media.
are not tagged by valuing the selfless action they have performed
and by the value contributed to the nation and its people and the
vision, commitment and directions set to positively marshal the
people and resources of the nation. At the crucial voting time the
corrupt practices, thuggery, nepotism and seeds of disharmony and
destruction sowed by the politicians have been ignored by the civil
evidence appears to indicate that normal people have only a very
short memory capacity at a detail level, limited to events of a
few days prior at most. However, the subconscious mind has the capacity
to recollect details of many years, when asked to recollect events
under deep hypnotism, even extending up to the time of the birth
of the person. The Wise Old Owl has a suggestion to the Sri Lanka
Institute of Marketing -- The next time round the survey of national
icons of leadership is conducted, please use deep hypnosis on the
participants before asking them the questions, having ascertained
that the media viruses that corrupted the minds have not got embedded
on the deep sub conscious computer.
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