What does leadership lead? Those who follow leaders are being led somewhere. A prudent question is: Where are they taking me, as a person, and us, as a group? In the history of humanity, leadership has taken us toward the centralization of power at the expense of the responsibility that each of us has, and all of us have, to those who preceded us; to those with whom we share the earth; and to those who will follow.
The world’s population is economically ignorant about how to proceed toward fulfilling its needs and its responsibilities. History only contains one and two story economic buildings. As leadership has tried to build the third story. The buildings toppled. The economic foundations were too weak. Leadership, was trying to build taller buildings for its own glorification. The three things that it, leadership, historically hasn’t been able to face are: 1) Tall buildings need good foundations. 2) The underlings who built the first two stories were often cognizant of this fact, and remained silent to avoid severe punishment, for divulging leadership’s unkind incompetence. 3) The economic rewards for leadership must be shared and “payed forward.” Obscene monetary reward for leadership weakens economic foundations.
How can we build a strong economic foundation? To build an adequate economic foundation, it is prudent to decide what it has to support, and what are the conditions that the economic edifice will be subjected to? The health and welfare of all people will rest on the economic foundation, or an economic firestorm will assail the structure, and topple it. Economic firestorms devastate the population. Economic structure needs to protect humanity from war, famine, and social injustice; and the foundation needs to support their eradication. This will reduce the threat and dimensions of economic firestorm.
What material will be strong enough to build that economic foundation. The material is money, not the stuff that people collect to outdo their neighbor. This money is different. It flows toward kind competence, and it flows away from unkindness and incompetence. It is nearly indestructible. As people seize opportunities to empower the capabilities of others they are rewarded. As a matter of economic practicality, people offer their “blood, sweat, and tears.” Rewards that are based on belonging to the economic community puts your neighbors needs above your own. The only thing that money can buy is a better life for everyone else. Everyone else spends their money to make your life better. That new money is the material needed to build the foundation for an economic skyscraper.
Old money burns. As soon as it is out of sight, it burns the interests of those who work for its accumulation. The old money that incentivized uneconomic leadership, is fuel for the economic firestorm that will level, even one and two story, economic structures. If we are unsuccessful at inventing new money, old money will accumulate in the hands of leadership, fire grenades, used to pit brother against brother. Fueling the fire with old money burns the economic foundation making ours an uneconomic existence. Old money is being used by leaders to entice you, your brothers and sisters, and your children. Will you follow them into hell? Or, will you be “your brothers’ keeper.”