To Vladimir Putin, for being an INTJ.
Does anyone else remember the string of Nearly Dead Soviet leaders with their steel worker beer guts, warm death styling and 15 month life expectancy? For those of you who missed or ignored World History class in high school, you might have missed the part where Europe really wasn’t that together until maybe 70 years ago, people didn’t always get along that well, and the area that we now call Russia and sometimes still the Former Soviet Union was kind of a mess, in a way that wasn’t kind of. The region has long struggled with such basics as a stable food supply, and really, there was a reason the Romanov family was marched outside, shot and dumped down a well.
And with all due respect, now the guy has to put up with this once every two years mobile Adult Disneyland called The Olympics. I love sports, you love sports, and we all love that they highlight everyday hero athletes from ordinary lives. But seriously—what is the love affair with playing Kal-El and the magic crystal? And could the World press be any more piranha-like about the whole thing? For the love of God, a competitor died during an event at Vancouver, let’s put the scant decoration in your hotel lobby in perspective.
When you talk about what is a leader, I think in recent decades, the focus of the answer (at least here in the United States) has really been on elected politicians. If you really stop and think about what makes communities work, it takes a lot more than just a few people who won an election. It takes school teachers and religious leaders and business owners and union officers and the public works, planning and social services department to do the right thing, even when it is hard or unpopular. People Pleasers have been popular at the Ballot Box in recent years, which is fine as long as everything is good and there’s lots of qwan to pass around. Thing is, it’s not all fine and the qwan is in short supply.
People Pleasers generally please the people in front of them. Which is great if you are in front of them. Which is interpreted frequently by the people in the front as emotional and sensitive to the the needs of those around them. (Ah, the Boundary Problem again. Who are Those Around Them?) The Vladimir Putin’s tend to see the People who aren’t directly in front of them. It’s supposed to be President of Russia, not President of the Cool People with Money in Moscow. Not the same thing. Sorry.
To a Safe Olympics and a Big Tent.