Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hero or Superstar?

I have been watching the President's trips abroad and how he's handling tough domestic issues, a quote from Henry Kissinger's memoirs comes to mind:

"The great statesmen of the past saw themselves as heroes who took on the burden of their societies' painful journey from the familiar to the as yet unknown. The modern politician is less interested in being a hero than a superstar. Heroes walk alone; stars derive their status from approbation. Heroes are defined by inner values; stars by consensus. When a candidate's views are forged in focus groups and ratified by television anchorpersons, insecurity and superficiality become congenital."

You draw your own conclusions.

No comments:

Post a Comment