Wow, how does this title fit here? As I type this in front of a fire, (a gas fire though) I was thinking of the fireside chats that my parents would talk about, and I would hear on television. ,There is something about ONE PERSON. I recently read a book called “The Wisdom of Crowds”. One of the things that was supposed to arouse me I felt was that somehow we have evolved as humans to be independent of leaders. We as a collective bunch of people can decide democratically what is right. In fact the author used averaging of results to show that by the averages, and their might be exceptions crowds could make the decisions and have the smarts necessary to do the RIGHT thing.
Well enough of the little bit of shouting to emphasize my thoughts. I think of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and wished I could be hearing the likes of him today, encouraging me to continue the struggle that many of us feel to get our country (world) on track again, that is to get the economy going, everybody employed and everyone with a decent state of health and opportunities to keep their health.
I believe that though we can act democratically and make many of the decisions without leaders, that we still long for the wisdom of people that can motivate us as a group to democratically act to reach these goals.
FDR did this. He acted as our leader during the Great Depression and then during the unfortunate but unavoidable Second World War. And he did this believe it or not during the then old age of 50, as that was the age he started his career as our President and then as our Commander in Chief!
Happy Thanksgiving to America and to everyone else in the rest of the world!