Thursday, 06 April 2017 19:11

People elect leaders who are like them

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People elect their selves in their leaders. Put differently, leaders reflect the people they lead. Consider.

Americans are self-centered and, indeed, celebrate it as their national character. What is capitalism but the celebration of self-centeredness? What is socialism but the celebration of social-centeredness?

Republican party members teach that to care for other people is to sin; to them life means taking from other people and become rich and let those who cannot struggle for the survival of the fittest die out. They would rather not give health insurance to all Americans or even pay for the education of all Americans through college; deep down they want only those who can pay their way through life to survive and for the rest to die out. And they are proud of this social Darwinism (see Herbert Spenser's Ethics).

The American ethos is social Darwinism; to Americans life is a competition where we all struggle and the fittest survive and the weak are exploited and die out. Let those who can struggle to survive do so and those who cannot die off from assorted diseases. No one should care for the pain and suffering of the poor.

Americans admire and pay attention to rich folks and ignore the poor. That is, Americans celebrate narcissism. (Google Psych-central's piece on narcissistic personality disorder and read it.)

Who did Americans elect as their new president? They elected Donald Trump. What is Trump but the epitome of self-centered narcissism? The man's real name is king narcissus. Worse, he is really an idiot; watching him at his news conferences and listening to his uneducated, infantile diction reminds one of a ten year old boy trying to talk like an adult.  There is no two ways of putting it: the man is a buffoon! His spin doctors at right wing television and radio stations cannot hide that fact.

Conservative Americans do not particularly value knowledge and naturally elected an idiot as their president; they are self-centered folks who claim to be Christians but do not care for other people as Christians ought to do;  they perverted the gospel of love taught by Jesus Christ to mean a gospel of go ye out and exploit one another. These perverts elected a self-centered, narcissistic idiot as their president.

Americans elected their kind as their president: an empty headed, narcissistic leader!

Nigerians have turned their country into a thieving paradise; Nigeria is the empire of thieves. Now, who do they elect as their leaders? They elect thugs as their leaders.  The Nigerian legislature is actually a thugs' haven, literally, not symbolically; those criminals pay themselves millions of dollars in salary in a country where the average person makes a hundred dollars a month! Nigerian leaders are so corrupt that it is a stretch to call them human beings; perhaps, they ought to be called sub-human beings?

Observe any Nigerian leader and what you are looking at is a literal thug, a thief pretending to be a very socially important person. Nigerian politicians seek political office to steal from the people and every Nigerian knows it; indeed, Nigerians do not seem to blame their thieving leaders; they just want to be given an equal opportunity to go steal, too.  Nigerians are thieves and elect thieves as their leaders.

Russians are criminals and elect criminals as their leaders. What is Vladimir Putin but a criminal? Does that man care for any human being's life? I doubt it; he is simply a big time criminal; he and his cabal of criminal syndicate called oligarchs do not actually produce anything but loot the natural resources of Russia.

Russia is a country of immense size with incredible natural resources yet it produces no manufactured goods; Russia's GDP is smaller than that of a state in the USA, California. All that the leaders of Russia do are appropriate their country's natural resources but do not work to actually produce manufactured goods that the country sells to other people. Russia is a sad, basket case.

The English are very proper in their behaviors; they follow rules and procedures. They behave like proper bureaucrats. They elected Theresa May who comes across as a top bureaucrat, a technocrat, a person who follows the rules but lacks leadership qualities (can she have vision and initiate a goal and mobilize her country men to go to where she wants to go?).  The British are rule bound bureaucrats and, as such, elect visionless bureaucrats as their leaders.

The French are well educated and sophisticated and elect sophisticated leaders. French leaders talk sophistry but seldom follow through with vision of where they want to take their country to.

Italians just want to have good times and elect good time seeking persons as their leaders; you do not expect disciplined, workaholic Italian leaders.

Germans are very disciplined and hardworking people; they just want to work and elect hard working leaders.

I am aware that most of what I said above is stereotypes. But, as they say, in every stereotype is a germ of truth.

My thesis is that you cannot be an imperfect person and elect a perfect person as your leader; you elect those who are like you as your leader. The apple does not fall far from the apple tree.

PS: You are a smart person; you want to point out the weakness of this paper, so, you tell me that not all American leaders are narcissistic. Can you point out those who are not, please? You say Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are not. Are you sure? You chose bad examples for both are either narcissistic and or histrionic (same thing). The next times that you want to show your smartness try to choose your examples a bit more wisely.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

April 6, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176