Misbehavior in great men has a more profound impact on society than that of ordinary men who are basically unknown. Because of our tendency to idolize great leaders, including dictators, presidents, and statesmen, we tend to ignore or rationalize their pattern of misbehavior in various areas of life.
Great men misbehave in a variety of ways. They lie, cheat and steal, either in secret or in the open sight of others. Some intimidate their way to the top while others use the language of persuasive deceit until the door to men’s heart is open wide. During their rise to power as well as afterwards, toxic leaders have been responsible for the deaths of thousands who resisted their authority.
For example, many people have died under the authoritarian rule of Dictator Kim Jong Un, including family and friends. An individual who challenges his authority or refuses to worship him is in danger of execution to the highest degree, whatever that may be.
Destruction of Organizations
However, the misbehavior of great men is not limited to politics. Such behavior has destroyed entire organizations or has shattered the perception of millions of people who once trusted in them for moral guidance and excellence in character.
Outstanding business men have been caught stealing millions of dollars from customers, leading to the tarnished image or downfall of their great organizations. Superstar entertainers or sports icons have shocked their fans and ruined their positive images to the point of no return.
Understanding misbehavior requires comprehending the dark side human nature. Before we can fully challenge the attitude and negative actions of great people, we must consider their natural humanity. Such people are not God who deserves to be worshiped. They are only human. Many are driven by greed, fear, and power over others.
Three Negative Qualities that Drive Misbehavior in Great Men
Greed is insatiable. It wants more and more. Many dishonest leaders of organizations are greedy for gain or increase in monetary standing. Instead of sharing the wealth with others, including their employees, these people, out of greed, want to increase their riches at the expense of those who are loyal to them. Nevertheless, they must be challenged
Many leaders fear to look weak or foolish in front of others. They will do anything to please those who elect them to the office or who promote them to another social or organizational level. An observation of the behavior of the current president Donald Trump is an example of such a leader. Unwilling to appear weak in the eyes of the public, the presidents attacks his critics via Twitter on a constant basis.
Instead of ignoring his critics and getting on with the business of running the country in a dignified way, Donald Trump fights every battle, many times saying things that infuriate not only his enemies but also his own republican party.
Fear of what constituents may think has caused many leaders to make unwise choices that detrimental to the wealth and well-being of others. Nevertheless, they must be challenged.
Power over others is the most powerful factor in causing misbehavior in great men. The ability to control the masses and transform societies has caused great men to hold on to such power at all cost, clearing away every challenger, regardless of position or connection. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has executed uncles, siblings and military generals who came against his authority and hold onto power.
The Consequences of Ignoring Misbehavior
Misbehavior in great men has to be challenged. Ignoring toxic men in power will only result in greater evil prevailing. History is our witness. Toxic rulers left unchallenged will create untold suffering, including poverty, chaos, and moral destruction collapses of societies, fear, and intimidation.
And those who idolize them will become stronger in thought and action, secretly or blatantly carrying out such leader’s intentions in every area of society.
But what is the answer to confronting such men? What must be done? First, there must be a desire for massive change. This desire must be stronger than fear. The coward-ness of good people keeps evil men in authority, allowing darkness to spread like wide fire.
Challenging misbehavior begins with some form of mobilizations. People must come together and make vital decisions. Several strategies exist for confronting and removing toxic men in power.
Partitioning for Removal
In a free society, people can make their voices known by obtaining thousands of signatures from people who desire to see an elected official or powerful person removed from a political office or an organization. Such a strategy may not be the most effective one, but if enough people express dissatisfaction with the person, it could spell doomsday for the one in power.
For example, in Wisconsin, thousands of union employees came together expression their disappointments in the activities of Governor Scott Walker who considerably weakened the power of state unions. However, the number of signatures wasn’t enough to remove him from office.
The partitioning for removal must be overwhelming before it can be effective in removing a person form office. When signatures are obtained in the millions, then the foundations of leadership are in danger of collapsing.
The Call for Change in Legislation
Electing the right officials in office clears the way for passing legislation that aligns with the goals, values, systems, and process associated with human decency and ethical loyalty. Laws and policies which prevent toxic people in power from taking advantage of that power, at the expense of common citizens, is the work of great leaders who have our best interest in mind.
Our power to place or remove people in power is not greater than times of election, whether locally or nationally. The significance of voting cannot be overstated.
Protest: Pros and Cons of Civil Disobedience
The most powerful force for removing Great men who misbehave in power is the force of protest or civil disobedient. History proves that this method of removing toxic men from power is the most effective as well as the most dangerous.
In a free society, protest can have its way. Marching in the streets, sitting down in government buildings, standing in traffic lands to block motorist from moving are forms of peaceful protest which can make a powerful statement without much threat of violence or bloodshed.
However, in other societies, such as communist, fascist, or dictatorial societies, protest is an imminent invitation to death. For example, in Middle Eastern countries, during the time of the Arab Spring, protesters died by the millions attempting to overthrow their government.
Nevertheless, the people displayed an uncommon courage in the face of demise. Their disagreement with the direction of dictatorial authority was so powerful that the resisting powers will eventually weaken to a point of irrelevance. Civil disobedience gets others involved when the resisting power appears to overwhelming, simply because good was always designed to overcome evil.
Although many who died in the fight will never see the day when they are free, they died having the consolation that they played a significant part in setting their people free from bondage.
The overwhelming positive is that civil disobedience makes the most powerful statement. It is an act of extreme courage to bring the eyes of the world on a seemingly unconquerable situation.
The Conquest of Gradual Change
Change may not come right away but the impact of righteous protest will establish in overwhelming force toward change and social transformation.
The end result of challenging misbehavior in great men will eventually bring harmony and stability to a local or national situation. But if we sit back and allow great people to make unchallenged choices, then we, who are powerful in numbers, will become victims of passivity, fear, and intimidation. The condition of the world today is the result of good’s unwillingness to face evil in all aspect of society.