Saturday, October 15, 2011

A True Follower

The most important characteristic of a follower is the willingness to tell the truth. A truth that speaks the voice of the majority. A truth that coincides with fair justice. A truth that leads to the uplifting of a unified nation under the guidance of the moral values we have. But be reminded that the truth hurts. It’s a complex word full of power and pain. It can shutter ones mind and aura to the extent of one’s downfall and seizure. However, followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination. But this does that not include the “extra-constitutional means” of forcing down a duly elected public official to resign against not only to her will but also to the mandate of the majority.

However, there is one thing that totally confuses my mind. In the principles of ideal followership, one must recognize the authority a leader possesses. A recognition that requires great respect given to the leader itself. Now then, can we be both an upbeat follower at the same time tailoring our actions and beliefs to accord with the leaders’ position? Or can we be just like the bamboo tree, able to change its side to the strung of the winds? Whatever is your answer, one thing is for sure, leaders need its followers; followers too need their leaders. It’s a symbiotic process that is proven and tested since time immemorial.

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