Monday, May 07, 2007

The Cult and Leadership

What happens when Anti-God Starbucks cup has customer steaming because of this message:
"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."
Would you still love Apple, if a cult member gets kicked out of the Apple Store for video blogging?

Are there stronger emotions than the need to belong and make meaning in one's life? When you are asked: "can you be the one we need", could you resist?

original youTube link here.

Don't these stir up emotions, and ostracize and make you ask questions? Isn't that what communities and community marketing is all about?

Forget who'll win in France. Change is a loser, so writes Craig Smith of the New York Times. After all he wrote reminding us, "the more things change, the more they remain the same." When you put that in local context, how is it any different from the frigid temporary alliances of convenience? In that respect isn't it better off to set a leadership agenda where people leverage their own success through hard work, sheer audaciousness and determination?

If the cult of "Having a life" says existing in just this moment will make you happy, what of destiny and a life of meaning? The coin of sacrifice is wallowing in the past, and obsessing about the future: to live for your people and to die for them. Who are your people and is that the coin you are willing to pay? The truth of the matter, this truth works whether you lead a nation or simply being a parent. The cult of leadership is responsibility and responsibility is the hard part.