1 "Followers Instead of Leaders"

Such a safe and comfortable feeling here.
Such a safe and comfortable feeling here.

Voting

When you vote, think for yourself and don't vote for someone or something just because a friend said that's the way you should vote, or because you liked what a commercial said or you thought it was cute. Think for yourself and take the initiative to do some research and vote for something because you feel good about it. Greg

Say no to following - I have added on to this article.

Apocalypse, Armageddon and the Bible

My Thoughts

It was a Saturday morning like any other Saturday morning for me. I woke up, got out of bed and took care of my normal morning routine. I took Harley out so that he could take care of his business. Then I came in, turned on the TV, sat down in front of my computer as I usually do. I was taking care of my usual computer business and listening to the TV, that being my company since I live alone. A show came on the History channel and they were talking about Apocalypse, Armageddon, and the Bible.

In the story that was on they were talking about the prophets in the past that would see and set dates for the re-birth of Christ and the end of the world. Where it really concerns me is the part about the inhabitants of the New World. One person would say that the world was going to end and people would believe him, even after the dates would come and go and he would set another date and they would believe him again. These people would believe him, gather around and wait and accept the possibility that they were going to die.

This leads to my bad feelings about how weak minded many people are and that there are people that force their beliefs on these people. Sometimes it really scares me to know that the only way churches can get most of their followers is by instilling fear in them. The more fear, the stronger the following. Then they convince them that the end is coming and the way to save their soles is to commit suicide or to accept death now.

Take the case of Jim Jones and the People's Temple. This was initially started as an inter-racial mission for the sick, homeless and jobless in Indianpolis, IN during the 1950's and drew over 900 followers. There was an investigation into his so-called cures for cancer, arthritis and heart disease and he moved the group to Ukiah in Northern California. They later moved to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

After being accused of illegal activities in the Temple he moved some of the Temple members to Jonestown, Guyana. Jones taught to his followers a belief that was called Translation in which he and his followers would one day take poison to commit mass suicide to die together and they would move to another planet for a life of bliss. They even had practice runs at this idea with fake poisons to and fall to the ground on the dry runs.

Anyway, most of us know the story. My point is, if someone has that low of a self-esteem and can be led to actually kill themselves, what if it was something different. What if Jones would have, while they were still in the big cities, told his followers that in order to have the right to go to this other planet to live in this so-called bliss they would have to go out and kill people. How many of his followers would have followed his instructions? How many people would have died before thay were stopped?

These are only hypothetical questions but they scare the hell out of me the way the world is going today. We already have human bombs from terrorists doing basically the same thing.

This also goes for gangs. If children were raised with respect to themselves from the beginning they wouldn't look elsewhere. Self respect and self confidence are very important early in life.

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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

Point well taken and easily understood, it is a shame the way so many can be so easily influenced. To me this shows a problem at the most fundamental levels of our society and how families have lost the "traditions" due to thier fears leading them on a continuous journey for money and security while leaving behind what really matters deep with in ourselves. The world is changing and people I think are afraid to challenge the changes that are for the worse and we are suffering as a people because of it.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

You're right. By discouraging critical thinking, we've created a generation of followers, easily influenced by 'celebrity' and the media. Not a good place to be!


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belko002 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Excellent! I couldn't agree more...our thought process is something that defines us. If we don't think for ourselves...if we only think the way we are told to think...then we are giving up a large part of our identity. Well done!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi gregas,

I have managed to make a start on your hubs and I know that I am going to enjoy following your hubs.

This one is brilliant and on a subject so close to my heart. It is so important that we are taught from a young age to think for ourselves. Sadly very often it is the other way round and very many are not sure 'who they are'.

I am now looking forward to your second hub and I push all buttons for this one (except funny of course).

Take care

Eiddwen.

Eiddwen.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Eiddwen, Thank you for the comment. It always made me uncomfortable to see kids and then people that would follow instead of thinking for themselves. Kids that join gangs are usually the start.

Again, thank you. Greg.


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Trsmd 4 years ago from India

Your title should be one leader, not one follower...


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Trend, Thank you for the visit. The 1 is the number of my hub. It was my first hub, My hubs are all numbered. The title is, "Followers Instead of Leaders". FYI. Greg


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

A good first Hub. As a society during this past 50 or 60 years, we do seem to have become more weak-minded, willing to follow, have lost some of our capacity to think for ourselves, and have less backbone. I can't imagine the Americans of the 20;s, 30's, and 40's being so easily misled. Very sad.


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daisynicolas 4 years ago from Alaska

I have also written a similar concept on "Warring Morality Over Religious Beliefs." I talked about people doomsday sayers and elevating people to godlike status. It's good to know that there are people who question the insanity of fanatics.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Phd, Thank you for the visit and comment. I do believe this has gone on forever. The sad part is that way back when, the people wer forced to be followers and these days they do it because they have no self confidence or they are scared of not "fitting-in". Greg

Hi Daisy, Thank you for the visit and comment. The bad thing is that there are too many people that follow the "wrong" types. Bad influences. Greg


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Good article Mr. Gregas.

I also am of the opinion that people should think more for themselves and to believe a little less in other people's simple opinions.

I like Nietzsche's advice: "Be who you are."

I think education is the key. If people are educated then, they know how to think for themselves, to be critical and analytical; to know how to do research and to create their own hypothesis in life.

Regarding gangs, I don't think it is as much about having respect for oneself as it is more about having a feeling of belonging. Most gang members come from troubled families and the gang provides a level of support and of belonging. Hence, many would call it La Familia.

Just an opinion.

Cheers!


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Mr. Happy, Thank you for the visit and the comment. I would like to add to The quote, "Be who you are." Be who you want to be, not who someone else wants you to be. Greg


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Nice Hub Greg, I always enjoy your writing, and wish I had more time for reading. I just thought while reading this, what if someone with that kind of influence told their followers that they had to go out and help others to get where ever it is that they are going. I do know that this is the general idea behind Christianity, and now wonder; why are there so few people who are willing to help their fellow man. Just a though, have a great day.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Dmop, Thank you. This was actually my first hub. The only thing is, people with that kind of influence usually let it go to their heads and take advantage of that kind of power. Greg


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eolikes 4 years ago from Bangladesh

excellent hub..i enjoyed it. It was ur first hub on hubpages and now u wrote 60+ hubs. Good job.. Keep writing gregas.. Waiting 4 ur upcoming hubs and wish u all the very best


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Eolikes, Thank you. I have found that I realy enjoy writing because of hub pages. I will have at least 2 more hubs in the next coupe of weeks. Greg


Jane Holmes 3 years ago

Hi gregas,

I agree with you on voting. It is a valued responsibility and we must be speaking our own mind. I have a relative that is very hard of hearing and she and her husband always went to school budget meetings with the plan to vote everything down - no matter what. The moderation would ask the question and he say to her "Vote Nay" and she would. Never mind that it was the education of our young people or something necessary to keep the buildings from falling apart. It always blew my mind!


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Hi, Greg,

Pretty good writing for your first hub. You raise a very good question---what makes some of us followers and some of us leaders? Are we born having leadership qualities? Or, do we learn to be leaders? And, for those who become leaders, what makes their ideas sound appealing?

I don't have the answers. All that I am certain of, is the fact that there

are fewer and fewer people whose ideas I truly admire.

I see that you have been busy with a lot of hubs. I look forward to reading them.

Welcome to HP.

DJ.


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jgshorebird 2 years ago from Earth

I like the flow in the writing style - and agree with your take on things above.


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi JG, This being my first hub I had to go back an brush up on it. Thank you for the comment and visit. Greg


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Indian Chef 17 months ago from New Delhi India

People do have herd mentality and they do follow for many reasons and not necessary good ones. I can say in India they follow on caste basis or what their leaders can give to them.

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