Follow the Leader

Responding to Reena Saxena’s Exploration Challenge #102. Write poetry or prose based upon the following statement: ” Public figures make us hate their enemies.
https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/reenas-exploration-challenge-102/

This is my fictional contribution to the above prompt..

It’s a noisy world. So much information screaming at me …..it fries my brain. Should I press the mute button? Retreat and dialogue with my inner self for a saner discourse. Except there is no discourse just confusion, boredom and lack of ideas. My thoughts refuse to percolate unless sparked by a superior being. I’m just a follower and I need a strong leader to show me the way forward.

I found him about twenty years ago. I was watching his biography on CNN. He was so certain in his speech. He knew what he wanted and went for it. Sure there was some scandal. But there’s always people trying to drag the strong down. Jealousy I guess for there failure to attain those dizzy heights. We’re all human and imperfect. You have to add the pros and the cons and weigh the scales. I felt a symbiotic relationship take seed. He was a leader I could follow.

I watched his every TV moment, read his books, got to know him intimately. He became my king and I his loyal subject. He had my allegiance. His friends were my friends and his enemies were my enemies. I embraced his ideas and defended them against all disbelievers. Every follower needs a leader.

He started holding rallies. I traveled across the country, attending them all. It was very Messianic. We were in rapture, shouting, clapping, praising. Show us the way to a better tomorrow, lead us out of poverty, protect us from the invading hordes, make us safe, give us our bread and circuses. He responded with reassuring words that he would lead us to the promised land, destroy the fake idols and restore our faith in a better future. We were with him one hundred per cent. He was our leader.

It was election time and my leader stepped forward. Of the two candidates mine told the truth and the other lies. I was on the side of truth. I despised the lies of the rival candidate. How could anyone in their right mind actually believe them. Righteousness wins over deception every time. Just tell the people the truth and they will vote for the truth. I came to hate the followers of the rival candidate who kept falling for his deceptive tactics. How could they not see through him. They were weak and cowardly. My leader would win.

He did win. He remained strong and held to the truth and I exulted with him. I felt no sympathy for the followers of the losing candidate, only disdain for their misguided loyalties. They felt the same and hated us with equal passion. It was no surprise when they tried to drag our strong leader down with innuendo, fake new and numerous law suits. But truth and justice was on our side. They failed. Long live our leader.

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.

John 18:37-38

11 thoughts on “Follow the Leader

  1. This touched me at a deep level. There were two people I admired – one who launched a movement against corruption, and a Central Bank Governor who stood for what he thought was right. The first one joined politics and slipped on the ethical scale. The other one was compelled to resign. Did they overestimate themselves? Does the system allow honest leaders to survive – they are crushed by a combined force, whose vested interests are at stake. It feels like a personal loss.

    Your last line brought tears. Is this the age we are living in?

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    1. I think we are living in an age where personal interests override the greater good. Strong leaders need to have strong principles and stick to those principles despite what is thrown at them. Thanks for your kind comments Reena.

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    1. I agree completely Violet. I’ll be 72 in November and admit to feeling a little jaded about human nature. The world is not about politics or religion but just one on one compassion, tolerance and communication.

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  2. Although on one level I agree with your above sentiment, Len, I believe that with so many big issues confronting us, we as individuals must try as hard as we can to locate and encourage leadership that will embody and respond to compassion, tolerance, and communication.

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