Published On: Sat, May 25th, 2019

What is Power?

New York Times – May 23, 2019

What Happens When Our Leaders Lack Moral Courage
By General Wesley K. Clark
“Over the years, thousands of cadets at the United States Military Academy, myself included, have memorized and recited West Point’s Cadet Prayer. ‘Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong,’ the prayer goes, ‘and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice, and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy.’
The prayer describes the value of acting for good, and how moral authority is itself the deepest source of power. Cadets are taught that one’s values ought to be the primary reason to seek power, and its only justification for use. This is the essence of the ‘courage’ described in the prayer, the courage that should be a part of every leader’s core.
But we as a nation and as leaders have not always demonstrated this courage.”Read more

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