|Posted by Cobaltsoul on May 16, 2010 at 12:46 AM|
Power corrupts. You've probably heard that idea before. In it's classic formulation it is extended by the statement "...and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
I think the first part of the statement can be tested by any honest human, we all have power of some kind somewhere at sometime in our lives, we are able to reflect on it and the effect it had on our thinking, our self awareness, our attitudes to others and our actions.
If we are honest we will see, power bends us out of True.
This is a problem for anyone who believes that creating community is a primary human goal and meets a fundamental human need.
Communities do not exist without leadership. The nature of that leadership can be very diverse but the fact that it IS leadership cannot be avoided. In any community some people will accrue more power than others.
That process might be legitimate and transparent or it might be covert. Even if the process of someone accruing leadership influence and power is legitimate the effect on them is still going to be corruptive.
I'm going to have to write several blogs about this idea as I've made statements without giving examples or arguments at this point. So consider this blog as "dot points" on this particular issue. These blog entries are going to be "quick and dirty", what you might call "old school" blogging, thinking on the run, no concern for finesse or seamless integration of all the parts.
It says in Philippians chapter 2 that in Jesus God chose to become empty and powerless and we are urged to do likewise.
So there is the problem, if we want to nurture a community of people enjoying the love of God how do you do this without the corrupting effect of leadership power bending people out of shape?
The Christian tradition, in the stories of the Old and New Testament is full of leaders, leadership is inevitable. Corruption of those leaders is inevitable. If I'm correct that's a pretty lousy situation to deal with.
So, how do we deal with it?