Letter: Some thoughts on ‘moral leadership’
Recent letters about our country and our leaders—mostly the president—have claimed a lack of “moral leadership.” I find this term often misused. If a person was to describe morals without interjecting any religious or cultural ideology, it is simply what the community approves or tolerates.
This is important to understand as we are very diverse in our beliefs, customs, even our ancestry. This diversity shapes how we think; our founders knew this and addressed it in our Constitution. To assume we are of one mind or that you are in a position to judge another is folly.
Many vicious dictators and mass murderers believed they had the moral authority to commit their acts and continue to do so today. Various religions have murdered millions over the millennia, claiming a moral right, with Christianity and Islam being some of the worst offenders.
This is not a condemnation, but rather to illustrate that judging others by your personal standards gives you little perspective and little chance of change. We must look at all the issues with perspective not to appease but to understand truly what will work and what will not.
This “I am right and everyone else is wrong” mentality divides our politics here at home, and the inability to find common ground threatens world peace. What is needed is unity; we can’t work together if the object is to tear the other apart.
If we spend most of our effort on what we agree on, I suspect most would approve and, who knows, maybe what we differ on may be easier to deal with.