Ship of State – Politicians and Leadership

 

Ocean of Emotion - Upperworld of Wisdom

 

 —Octilogy (Chapter 7, page 169)  

Metamorphosis, Sage of the Ages, asked Hunter, “When a problem arises, do the people of Earth seek out the advice of a specialist, an expert? Or, do they seek the advice of an untrained citizen?”

“The trained specialist, of course,” Hunter replied.

“When you suffer from illness, do you not seek the most competent medical specialist you can find?”

Hunter nodded, yes.

“Or, do you go about asking everyone you meet for advice? Do you take a vote among as many people as possible to determine your illness?”

“No, that would be stupid.”

“Exactly. So why is it then, with regard to the political health of your government, your nation and your world, you allow untrained, unqualified, self-interest politicians to rise to power, voted in by uninformed and easily-manipulated citizens, the ignorant masses?”

“Somebody’s got to run the government,” Hunter said, confidently.    

 

Captain Kraken the Intimidator

 

“You are correct. In a primitive society that requires laws and government, people fight, lie and cheat to be in charge, to be the leader. Often, the power-hungry leader becomes a tyrant, a dictator.”

Hunter Wainright stared at Metamorphosis and asked, “Okay, so what’s your solution to bad leadership?”  

“Politics and philosophy must be united in the same person. Humans must begin a specialized training academy for future politicians so they may wisely navigate the ship of state.”  

“Ship of state?” Hunter asked.  

“Yes, your ship of state. On Earth, when you build a ship, you seek a shipwright. When you build a house, an architect does the job.

“But when you wish to build something much more important, like a society of wise and happy citizens, humans ignore the experts on government, entrusting the job to anyone who succeeds in achieving favor with the voters.

“Politicians flatter the citizens and make promises about what he or she will do for them once they are elected to power. In other words, your ship’s captain knows nothing about navigation.”   

Hunter frowned. “Ship’s captain?”  

“Allow me to use an allegory,” Morph said. “Visualize a grand, sea-worthy ship docked in the harbor. A captain is needed.

“The ship owner is elderly, hard of hearing, poor of sight and lacks sea-faring knowledge…navigation skills.

“Knowing that the owner desperately needs a captain, all the sailors on the ship argue and fight over who shall be the captain.

“However, these sailors know nothing about navigation or the operation of a ship.”  

Octilogy: Eight Great Treasures - Chapter VII

“Because they have no skills or experience, they use brute force, intimidation and lies to win the favor of the ship owner.

“Whoever succeeds in persuading the owner to choose him is immediately recognized as a navigator, the captain.

“The true captain, the one person who understands navigation…how to steer the ship properly…is called a worthless stargazer.

“The ship sets sail, navigated by a clever, unethical captain, a person of trickery and fraud. A shipwreck is inevitable.”  

Hunter smirked. “Okay, I get the point. We should have an expert, a philosopher king, run our government. Oh, excuse me, navigate our ship of state.”  

“Excellent idea,” Metamorphosis said,  ”do you know of any on your planet?”  

Hunter scratched his head and thought. He failed to say anyone’s name. 

 

Metamorphosis in the Cave of Daydreams

 

—Continued on page 171 of Octilogy: Eight Great Treasures

- Black and White Edition

 —Continued on page 84 of Octilogy: Eight Great Treasures – Deluxe Edition

 

 

 

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