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It is not everyday that someone throws a shoe (or two) at the democratically elected leader of the most powerful country in the world. Not to mention the verbal insults that were hurled in tandem which could have qualified as being damaging enough by themselves. I must give it to George Bush for his lightning reflexes and the grace with which he handled the rest of the press conference. But it got me thinking about what a real leader should do in such a circumstance. What would Gandhi do if Nathuram Godse had thrown his shoes at him, instead of his bullet, say? Would he stop the guards from arresting the shoe-thrower and insist on putting forward his other ‘cheek’? Would he have gotten himself in that situation in the first place?

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Positive associations

It seems to me, from my conversations with people post my last post, that the notion of power is associated with feelings of superiority, hegemony and negativity. Decent people seem wary of being seen as wanting, or seeking, power.

Now, don’t get me wrong, these are ambitious people. People who would bend themselves, and circumstances if they could, to reach the points they set as goals for themselves. It would seem totally in place if their successes make them feel themselves as the fountainheads, as the power-generators, of their achievements. But they would rather call their struggle by other names.

It seems, that power might need a positive makeover.

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