When I was serving in the Marine Corps, I dealt with plenty of moral and philosophical challenges due to the violent nature of the organization that I eventually had to learn to deal with on my own. Prior to joining, I still felt that there was a place for governments: a military is needed for defense, and a small government was needed to prosecute criminals, both should be efficient and moral. As I went through boot camp, I quickly realized the ethical error in my decision to join, but I had to search high and low throughout my service for the solution to this error. I had to reject the brainwashing inhibited to me throughout my training, and I had to re-study the information I’d previously retained that was lost in the psychological mind-ruling of the United States Marine Corps. Throughout my studies, Murray Rothbard, Lysander Spooner, and Ludwig von Mises helped me begin to break out of my patriotic mind-set, and begin to assess the real nature of government: violence against the individual. Even though such great literary works by these authors helped me the most, I wish that I had a book like FREEDOM! by Adam Kokesh to help me along the way, but unfortunately, it was just a mere sparkle in his eye during this time. However, having the prior knowledge that I did made me realize the importance of the book while I was reading it, and I was able to come to an even greater understanding of what the principle of non-aggression, as a inhibitor of true freedom, is.
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The qualities that encompass the amount of great characteristics needed in an effective leader are too many to name within the confines of a simple essay. There have been countless books written from prestige business owners and even average Americans as to what the ideal leader needs to be. I find that these books often hold the same knowledge and opinions across the board, even the same characteristics in the same order. There are often aspects of these characteristics that these authors do not effectively explain; uncommon constitutionality, loyalty and most importantly, the intellect to understand those two aspects thoroughly.
If one does not understand the concept of his or her own personal values, they lack the essence of what just constitutionality means as a leadership characteristic. It is one thing to follow the rules of one organization and find how to apply those beliefs to your own, but it is the aspect of a great leader to be able to recognize and understand his or her personal beliefs. In knowing your own personal beliefs, you have a better judgment on what to do when you find that the rules you so-closely follow have no definite line. To know the difference between your own right and wrong and to feel the passion that comes with that knowledge is what enables the great leader to understand how to be loyal to those beliefs.
The passion behind the knowledge of your personal constitution accents the loyalty to these moral principles that you know inside of your own being. When you are able to recognize the facts as what they are and that there are no under-lying motives, you will be able to recognize adversity when you need it most. It could be the same type of recognition as when you are in danger and when you are not. The cognitive understanding of the concept of loyalty to oneself and one’s personal thoughts is essential in being able to be loyal to the ones you are to lead and save in the event that they may lose their lives. In order for any understanding of your own moral principles and thoughts, you must first be able to understand the thoughts from a different point of view and be able to defend yourself in an instance that your beliefs might be challenged.
The ability to understand different perspectives of life is inherent in every human being. The intellect involved in being able to comprehend these perspectives must be acquired not only through time, but through experience. Experience in life in general is essential to the ability to see the ways of others. Being involved in the world around you also helps to find the answers everyone is looking for. The passion for life and your direction in life is what leaves behind that footprint that every great leader hopes for.
Through this understanding of the concepts of your personal beliefs, holding your beliefs the closest to yourself with passion, and acquiring this passion through the ability to understand different perspectives on life, the leader who holds these values is the most effective and memorable individual. For your subordinates to learn life lessons that they will remember for the rest of their lives through your justice, loyalty, and experience is the greatest aspect of being a leader. Without these characteristics, one would only be along a long line of “bosses.” As Hunter S. Thompson would say, “Morality is temporary, wisdom is permanent.”
Cassandra Kerkman (Arthur) 20121231