“When the country is in chaos, everybody has a plan to fix it, but it takes a leader of real understanding to straighten things out.”-Ancient Proverb
Renowned philosopher Bertrand Russell surmised that “too little liberty brings stagnation while too much liberty brings chaos.” It’s true, a world without constraint or law lacks order and eventually drifts off into chaos. Victor Hugo said it this way, “Where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.” For the most part, things tend towards disorder. Scientists might debate the core concept here, but anyone running a factory understands the practical application: the cleanup crew comes on at midnight. My mom knew this full well too. My bedroom did not clean itself. So while the point can be made that chaos happens, sometimes without so much as a push, it is not so easy to reverse. Our predecessors knew what it took to navigate a ship out of storm. It takes a leader, specifically a person of understanding, discernment, and knowledge. It’s ironic that many of the problems we have are the result of multitudes of foolish people trying to come up with solutions when they lack real discernment and understanding of big picture dynamics.
Jerry Garcia observed, “It’s pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness.” It never ceases to amaze me how much weirdness is allowed to run amok amidst chaos. It takes a leader to straighten things out — someone who understands the times and knows what to do (Ancient text). And what do they do? Dig a little deeper and this nugget reveals that they establish order and stability as first priority, not another crazy idea, self-promoting plan, or divisive scheme with a huge price tag. Real leaders know there are no quick fix solutions and build for long term success that endures. But of course, none of this has anything to do with what is happening in the world today, right?