«For three things the earth is perturbed, yes, for four it cannot bear up: for a servant when he reigns, a fool when he is filled with food, a hateful woman when she is Married, and a Maid servant who succeeds her mistress» (Proverbs 30:21-23).
The participants were looking forward to the appearance of the speaker. The auditorium was practically full. I was in one of the first rows of the auditorium, so I could observe very well what was happening. Suddenly, the charismatic leader made his appearance accompanied by a well-known journalist. There was Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of Russia, promoter of perestroika and transformer of his homeland, who allowed the advent of democracy in a country that had lived for seventy years under communism. The applause was not held back for long. I was so close that I could follow the sway of his pupils and observe his countenance clearly.
His presentation was characteristic of a historical character. But I think the best thing came when we asked questions. The first question to be launched was a true cannon: «Mr. Gorbachev, what would you say to a young person who has lost faith in his politicians?» What a question! Silence seized the auditorium. We all wanted to hear the answer. The man was silent, he lowered his head a moment, and smiled. Then, in a firm voice, he said: «Young people, do not leave your country to the inexperienced. If you do not take part in the political construction of your country, then the inexperienced will take the reins and things will be much worse.» The words of the Russian leader swirled around in my head for several days. He was trying to say that we cannot be conformed to bad leadership, that we must participate in the construction of better options to lead society.
Power reveals the character of a human being. That is why Benjamin Disraeli said: «If you want to know a man, give him authority.» And it is true that many people do not know how to use it in the best way, especially those who live with great resentment toward those who once ruled over them, so that when they come to power, they intend to «avenge» others by showing an uncommon and unbearable arrogance. They rejoice, then, in humiliating those who are now under their dominion.
Living under the authority of a person with a slave mentality is a real ordeal. That is why it is important to learn to forgive and not to hold grudges, so that when the time comes to exercise authority, we will not channel through it an unfortunate slave mentality.
Ask God today to free your mind of hatred and resentment. That will make you a good leader one day.