As a long-time observer of politics and human behavior, something I see over and over is hero worship. There's something about us, perhaps it's all the constant brainwashing, that makes us view the world like a spectator sport. Instead of taking action to solve our problems, we pick political heroes to do the work for us. We place our heroes up on pedestals and treat them almost as gods, clinging to their words, believing their promises, and waiting for miracles.
But nothing much changes. Our heroes aren't gods. Their words are nothing but opium. Their promises are rarely kept. The miracles never come. Often our heroes lead us deeper into despair than we were before we met them.
I don't really blame them. After all, they're just people like you and I. Perhaps a bit more charismatic, but they have flaws like everyone else.
When each of our heroes fails to deliver in their turn, we abandon them and find someone new to pin our hopes to.
Over and over. Again and again.
Relying on heroes causes us to sit idly by, doing nothing but complaining about how bad the world is.
We never stop to think that we are the heroes we're looking for. Each of us has the power to create change. Each of us has some unique skill that can make a positive difference. And when we come together, even for brief moments, we can get more done than any false hero ever could.
So stop waiting for heroes to save us. You and I are all we need.