To Govern By Fear Or Inspire Through Leadership

Inauguration Day / Photo Michael Foley

If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
you must learn how to follow them.

– Tao Te Ching, 66

For the past 8 years, the US has been governed by fear. Fear that the world is against them. Fear that barbarians are at the gates.

And that fear has left many Americans feeling hollow and empty.

But today is a day of transition.

If Obama represents anything, it is the shift to governance by inspiration.

He on his own can do very little. But if he serves to empower others to take matters into their own hands, to accept responsbility for their own actions, and to create the world we all want to inhabit…

That is a very powerful change.

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