Bailouts, energy crises, civil wars, global warming, the climate crisis, the Euro crisis: when you take a step back and look at the big picture of what is going on in the world it can sometimes seem pretty grim. “ Fatalism ” is becoming an epidemic, that to a greater or lesser extent it is slowly infiltrating the minds of the majority of us.
So what is the impact of this creeping fatalism? We become complacent. We complain but we see no point of action. We don’t see the possibility of change, and we certainly don’t expect ourselves to be the drivers of that change…that would be impossible!
So what CAN be done to reverse this impeding sense of doom and inefficacy? The answer lies in developing an essential leadership characteristic: the capacity to make people believe they can change their future and that it is possible to alter the reality of today’s society, thus the importance of breaking the cycle of fatalism.
Quoted: “And yet, and yet… Denying temporal succession, denying the self, denying the astronomical universe, are apparent desperations and secret consolations. Our destiny … is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad. Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.”
― Jorge Luis Borges