Life has gotten pretty scary – hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes. Worse than this though is the relative indifference with which one very privileged country’s leader has ‘responded’ to all this. Do I really have to name him? He is mayhem personified, worse than all natural disasters combined. We are going to lose some people to the hurricanes, floods and wildfires, but nowhere will the toll for loss of humanity be as high as it is under the indifferent gaze of he-who-shall-remain-nameless. Here’s why.

His indifference is a poison pernicious for the fact that we can’t quite prove that he doesn’t care, can’t quite put our finger on why we feel absolutely certain on one hand that he isn’t really touched by any of the suffering around him (and doesn’t want to be), but on the other hand are faced with lukewarm gestures from him that seem to admit on the other hand, at least some fleeting sense of responsibility for the devastation that faces the nation that he is supposedly the ‘leader’ of.

Anyone with a shred of decency is out there contributing to the clean up and thinking of ways to innovate solutions to these amplified environmental problems. In short, people who actually care, actually show up in substantial and meaningful ways. But here’s the thing. While most ordinary others are all out there doing what needs to be done in spite of what might aptly be thought of as ‘parental’ neglect, people are day by day getting used to the neglect and the mental/emotional ill health in their leader, that is making it all possible.

People are potentially forgetting what it feels like to live in a healthy, socially responsible society and with this often comes a sad resignation to forces that seem bigger than they are.

Choosing to care and, further, choosing to take substantial and meaningful action is one very good way to mitigate the effects of loss and neglect. Just because he-who-shall-remain-nameless chooses to absent himself from making any meaningful contribution to the suffering of others now dealing with the devastating effects of recent natural disasters doesn’t mean we should follow suit.

On the contrary, what it means is that there is an opening – there is room for all of us in our own way (wherever we may hail from) to make a positive contribution. In other words, there is room for us to lead.

Lead with heart.