Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Viktor Orbán, Nicolás Maduro, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bashar al-Assad, to name only a few. What is the matter with them? What do they want?
They want unlimited power. Don’t we all? We might, but they don’t look at the means to get it. Lack of empathy is absolute and selfishness is the main virtue. All their energy and brains are focused on the take. Mine, mine, mine! I own you! You owe me! I owe nobody!
Ten-years-old bullies in grown ups’ disguises, talented intrigue makers equipped with aggressive disdain to immunize them from shame. All temptations become accessible to them. A daily feast for their senses! Who wouldn’t want that?
Intellectual and aesthetic interests are candies and ostentation to them, fueled by childishness and vanity. The world exists for their pleasures.
Dreadfully, the names above are only the winners of a race to the top whose participants might be two thirds of humankind. How many bullies each of us as known through our lives? How many of us are bullies who had no luck, conditions or smarts to get higher on the ladder of power and despotism?
To my subjective knowledge, more than horror for the names above, two thirds of the individuals crossing my life feel envy. In case they would achieve the top they wouldn’t be any different. Just take a look around you (or perhaps inside you) and see the effect of gaining little powers. See the behaviors on both our domestic and professional lives.
Marital and family life give us the full picture. How many households are governed by abusive dictators?
To put an end to the rise of despotic leaders of nations it is fundamental to put an end to the rise of despotic leaders of homes. Scientific and philosophical knowledge of the human mind are key. Psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, philosophers, artists and experts on neuroscience and pedagogy must intervene on a cohesive collaborative way. This requires money but money is with the powerful. Money is with the thugs.