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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2015, 05:01 PM

18. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT THE JOB?

An interesting brief discussion on the qualities needed for true leadership, discussing Plato's REPUBLIC

A few brief quotes--
"The first book ever written on political leadership was Plato’s Republic. Plato argues that in fact, no person of talent and character really wants to be the ruler of a nation or state.".

"Because leadership is so hard, so demanding, Plato believes that the “best and the brightest” will not seek it out."

"I think that John Adams offered us a perfect model of the reluctant Platonic leader who takes up the job out of stewardship, service and social purposes.

“I must study politics and war that my sons (daughters) may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”


There is more than a bit of truth in this.

"In my view," ( to quote the next president of the US of A) Hillary Clinton want to be president so bad you can see the waves of desire shooting our from her like a million Qin arrows!

On the other hand, my take is that Bernie Sanders doesn't necessarily WANT the job. But rather, somebody has to do this.


http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/why-would-anyone-want-job-102020

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