Personally, I prefer some chaos and inefficiency. It is rare to have both unified action and freedom. This does not show a failure of leadership. Instead it shows the context and limits of leadership.

What do I mean? Let me explain somewhat simplistically to keep misunderstanding to a minimum. Most people know this. But sometimes we forget.

It just so happens that a characteristic of humans is for each to think for themselves. Consequently, actions vary sometimes wildly. It is the way we are ‘wired’.

Only a few societies really protect this right. We usually find a one-to-one correlation between freedom and variety in human behavior.

If you want everyone to wear masks, socially distance at a prescribed distance and wash themselves in the same way, it almost always requires strong authority to accomplish. Otherwise, you get sometimes maddening variety. It is rare to find it otherwise.

Particularly in our country, when the President and Governors suggest this or that, instead of mandating, and different local governments take differing courses of action, and when we see businesses invent solutions for testing or producing vaccines, for example, instead of waiting for ‘government’ orders, it does not show a failure of leadership. Instead, we see America functioning as our founding fathers designed.

Which do you choose: efficient results or freedom? It is extremely difficult to get one with the other. Why we don’t act unless ordered to do so is another matter. That also has to do with how and why we are wired.

About dbporter

Dan Porter, living in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Married to Bonnie, an artist. We have three grown sons, all married to wonderful women, and in turn have eight children.
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