The Leaders That We Deserve



As I observe the media following the campaign trail of all the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, I cannot help but be reminded of that famous quotation from “The Little Prince”- “It is only with the heart that one sees rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eyes”. Indeed it is. What we do not see, as we witness the campaign activities, is what matters most of all. And there are two layers of meaning to this: The first is, what is invisible to the eyes but very vital to remember is that our children, the future of our nation (in my case, my grandchildren), look up to us to make the right choices in May 2022 for a hopeful future for them. The second is that, what we are really looking for in a leader is everything that, while invisible to the eyes, only our hearts are able to hold firmly- sincerity as a public servant, and compassion for those entrusted to one’s care as a leader. The leader that we need and that we deserve should reflect the best of who we are as a nation. The wellbeing of our country for the next six years rests on our shoulders. And this is what democracy is really all about. If we make the wrong choices, we swallow the bitter pill of its consequences. Democracy being “the power of the people’, we choose the kind of government that we deserve. What should govern our power to vote, the “power of the ballot”, is not personal considerations alone, but the welfare of our youth who depend on us, and the greater love of country, beyond self.


TRIVIA:


My family extends our deep condolences to the family of retired Judge Geronimo San Jose who passed away recently. Judge San Jose was a good friend of mine and of my wife Minda.


QUOTATION:


‘THE IGNORANCE OF ONE VOTER IN A DEMOCRACY IMPAIRS THE SECURITY OF ALL” - JOHN F. KENNEDY


FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:


“WITH UPRIGHT HAND HE SHEPHERDED THEM, AND GUIDED THEM WITH HIS SKILLFUL HAND” - PSALM 78:72