Simple fact of human nature. People cannot handle great, instant successes. That's because it's not wire in our biophysiology, as there were no great successes for the first 5 million years of our species's existence.
So, a leader can feel invincible after just a couple big wins. That's when you know you're right and your advisors are wrong. Or that God is on your side and it's OK to torture.
On a smaller scale, when you get 10 employees under you, you instantly forget about their humanity and expect them to do the job until it's done, with or without breaks.
Some people in some families and in some cultures value shared responsibility and success. In those cases, a leader rarely becomes a tryant.
- Cruel and oppressive government or rule.
- A nation under such cruel and oppressive government.
When the focus shifts from the good of the subjects to the good of the tyrant that would be when a leader becomes a tyrant.
When our current government has started to treat some citizens as opponents, you should consider that as the beginnings of oppression.
According to Machiavelli, tyrants are those who are selfish and do not work for the goodwill of the people over which they govern.
Tyranny is often, in modern times, disguised in the sheeps clothing of "taking care of the people" rather than protecting the liberty of the people and allowing them to provide for themselves. C.S. Lewis put it best when he said, "Of all the tyrannies, the tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approvalof their own conscience."
This type of Soft Tyranny is prevalent today and is slowing stripping away our liberties and making the change from "We the people" as the foundation of the Republic to "Them the Government" as the ruling class.
A leader becomes a tyrant when he does not listen, provide for or follow the wishes of the majority of people who elected him to office, or if he fails to maintain the duties entrusted to him by whatever means a country may use to select its leader.
Tyrants should not be confused with strong leaders. There are people who would call some of our past presidents tyrants. We always had a way of removing those people either through impeachment, election or term limits.
A good leader can make decisions that benefit the country and the majority. A tyrant will make decisions that will only lead to the acquisition of more power for him and more suffering for those being governed.
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