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Society of Kings

A greater democracy emerges when people in unlimited numbers become leaders cross borders and cooperate with each other. Now is the time to nurture, as Lawrence Hillman suggests, a “society of kings.” This means a reliance on and a confidence in ordinary people who by the hundreds and millions, are taking “kingly leadership” and cooperating together for the common good.

People are moving away from looking to presidents, priests, executives and heroes to solve global problems, do justice, control resources and make history for the rest of us. Of course, traditional leaders are not going away – but they are being joined and challenged by new waves of leaders.  Critical needs and people’s initiatives plus the access to global communication are creating these conditions.

Look around and find these folks yourself.  Mountain climbers from different religions summitted Everest for peace among religions; folks in Hendersonville North Carolina established a Peace Academy to teach townspeople how to deal with difference constructively; tough young men from West Bengal India gave blood at their local hospital and were honored; thousands of citizens in Brazil successfully pressured their government for a reduction in arms sales. The list goes on…

Paul Hawken in his book, Blessed Unrest, estimates over 1 million non-profit organizations are now focused on creating a more just and healthy planet. Imagine the number of people involved!  It’s not new that ordinary people, citizens of every country, are undertaking acts of leadership and achieving change. What is new is that they are growing in number, using collective power, trusting the aggregate of their tiny pushes, and gaining confidence. This trend must be publicized by media and celebrated and nurtured by all of us.

In his book, The People, Yes! Carl Sandburg hinted at this emerging force many years ago. “The people,” said a farmer’s wife in a Minnesota country store while her husband was buying a post hole digger, “The people”, she went on, “will stick around and last along time. The people run the works, only they don’t know it yet – you wait and see.”

Sally Mahe