Sunday, February 25, 2007

He that is a master must serve

He that is a master must serve

We might have an image of the master as a kind of despotic oriental potentate whose every whim is a command, but in most communities the role of master or leader has a purpose.

A group of people cannot easily act together unless there is coordination of their activities and this requires a coordinator. He, it is usually a he, has appeared throughout history in the form of the chief, the king, the captain, or boss of some sort. This is often an extension of the normal position of the father as head of the family. In no way does this negate the position of women who can take the lead when circumstances require it, there have been some brilliant queens, but traditionally the female role has been a powerful supporting one.

To a young member of that society the leader might seem an all powerful, godlike figure but ultimately he is there to serve the needs of the people so that their society can function more efficiently. Tyrants who usurp this natural and necessary power usually don't last long.

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