Becoming A Game Changer: Bottom-up Versus Top-down Leadership

“You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

You cannot vote-in the Revolution. You cannot plead with an authority to allow you to have a Revolution. At that point, you’ve already failed. As Larken Rose said, “To beg for the blessing of “authority” is to accept that the choice is the master’s alone to make, which means that the person is already, by definition, a slave.” And a slave can never be the Revolution. Neither can a soft-slave be the Revolution (See: The Psychology of Soft Slavery).

Here’s the thing: Everyone wants to change the world for the better, but not everyone wants to change. Change is inevitable, but change is also extremely difficult; and unexpected change even more so. The only thing more difficult than navigating through external change is navigating through internal change, especially when they clash. Which they tend to do.

When it comes to navigating through cultural and political change, there is a level of cognitive dissonance that comes into play that amps the difficulty to near impossible proportions. The cart of political culture is so set in front of the horse of our progressive growth that it seems entrenched. Our ability to progressively evolve becomes blocked by the comfort and security infrastructures we have erected. So what can we do?

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When it comes down to it, flexible and healthy bottom-up leadership is the solution to the rigid and regimented top-down “leadership” that is rampant in the world today. The chain of obedience must be disobeyed by courageous leaders, lest authoritarianism and tyranny rule the day.

Strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom must be thwarted. This requires courageous bottom-up leaders to throw a wrench into the machinery of the chain of command from time to time.

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Gary Z McGee
Gary Z McGee
Gary 'Z' McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.
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