"We know that our leaders have shown little respect—not for the rights of people on a planet torn by inequality and racism, nor for the red lines for a just and livable planet."
i always wonder why so many spokespeople and opinion writers refer to those who show us and our planet such little respect by the honorarium, leader. don't most parents warn their children to avoid just following the crowd, but to stand strong for their convictions? here's a definition i just found:
leader: the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country:
synonyms: chief · head · principal · commander · captain · superior
perhaps that very term convinces too many that we have no choice but to follow the command of the usurpers~even when their policies are so obviously self-serving and against the best interests of our biosphere, ourselves and on to the well being of future generations. i believe we should be led by principle, not persons. yes, there are those, such as martin luther king jr., who speak from deep conviction and can inspire us to stand together for true justice. martin was assassinated, but the Truth he spoke and the principle of Justice and Equality for all he fought for are not interred with his bones.
perhaps, the first step in creating a true world~wide democracy is to stop referring to those who employ playground bully techniques as our leaders. i sure don't wish to follow their lead---do you?