Tuesday, September 23, 2008


What are the reasons behind people’s actions: what are their motives? The motor that powers actions is a product of history and specific interests. What is your history and interests? The direction of this inquiry is related to politics and leadership. A proverbial motor drives a politician that vies for your vote. Now, the politician’s action is to obtain a seat of power that can only be done-so through the support of the general public with votes, and through special interest groups with their campaign funds. Now ask yourself what brought that person to the point of being a politician and why they continue? Search for the history of the person first. What was their life prior to politics? Then search for what occurred since they have entered politics? The second part of the motor is the ‘interest’. Knowing what you now know of their past, why do you think they continue. People, broadly, continue actions because of specific interests: such as altruism, selfish pride, the admiration of loved ones or strangers, and so on. If you asked a politician what their interest is, no matter what they said, you would likely not completely believe them. This might be because you do not know this person on a personal level, or that we, as a society, have become indoctrinated with stories of corrupt politicians –both rightly and wrongly. It is always hard to believe a stranger, and no matter how hard a politician may try, they shall always be a stranger; to overcome this can often result in a charismatic leader who wins the election, such as the Kennedy’s or Trudeau’s. Nonetheless, how does one discover the interest? By searching through the person’s history you can likely form a very educated opinion about what their answer would be. Take into account all of their former actions and what resulted from these actions. History, often taken for granted, hold keys to understanding our future. That future is to be found in who we elect, no matter what part of our lives that election can be found –such as hiring a new employee, investing in stocks, or voting for a politician.

When choosing which candidate to vote for, ask yourself what you know of their motor. Compare your motor to theirs. History can be a powerful tool that too many dismiss.

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