Thinking And Governing As A Collective

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” - Thomas Jefferson

How appropriate Thomas Jefferson’s concern is in today’s social and political environments. He reminds us that our country was formed under duress and during a time in which our founding fathers were concerned about not duplicating the mistakes of previous tyrannical rulers. It is too bad we only had founding fathers, instead of founding fathers and mothers. I firmly believe that we need to embrace more feminine ways of being when leading governments and people, especially if we want to build connected healthy communities and foster a more trusting relationship with our government. 

If we could find a way to feel the same way about our government and its policies as we do our mothers we might be able to find more peaceful resolutions to conflict around the world. There is an elegance to compassionate leading that I rarely see in our world. We are coming to see the consequences and limitations of the masculine was of leading. While I admit there are times when this way of leading can produce great results, but we must be open to seeing our own limitations in leadership and acquiesce to better ways when needed. But this requires a minimization of ego and of political importance for the individual. We must think and act as a collective. 

If we hold to fast to our current political systems and old ways of governing, then we run the risk of living in an archaic and outdated system that can neither provide for the current needs of its people and eventually leading its own people to revolt. No matter what we decide, the most important choices are always made by individuals. You and I and everyone else in this world must live our lives making our choices on how to live and what and who we will support. I suggest we try to think beyond our own homes and lives. Bringing forth a larger view of our world and how each of us fits into this collective will no doubt enhance our wellbeing and our relationships to others as well as our planet. We are love. We are joy. We are so very good. And… we are whether we like it or not, in this together. 

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.