Much of the past week’s news was headlined by our now former head of the CIA getting caught for personal behavior not befitting the leadership position he held. An example of yet another prominent citizen brought down by doing something he didn’t want exposed. Another more recent example was a certain famous cyclist. Different issue but same thing. Both went to great lengths to hide a behavior they didn’t want the public to see. They fell under the weight of an imbalance.
Some of the news analysis this week focused on why DP (CIA guy) didn’t use a more covert method for hiding a relationship (not emails). It stuck me with how much we are OK with what we don’t know. DP rationalized his behavior was OK, until it was exposed.
I’d be the last to criticize anyone for having (extra) personal affairs. Personal relationships are a personal matter. But an exemplary leader shouldn’t need to expend energy covering up behavior that is not exemplary.
Recently scientists have discovered that self-serving tendencies (misplaced ambitions) evoke stupid cells in our system. These cells end up attacking the judgement section of the brain. Once judgement is attacked, our system becomes imbalanced. Tilted too far, the imbalance leads to slips, tumbles, and sometimes injury.
Thankfully, we are not born with stupid cells. They are released when we internally rationalize we can do something that may not be the correct thing to do. It’s a malady the scientists are calling stupid cell imbalance, or SCI. The more airtight we construct our skewed rationalizations, the greater the SCI. With an abundance of SCI, our immune system becomes susceptible and compromised.
During his news conference this week, our president chastised certain senators for criticizing SR (current US ambassador to UN) for going on news shows and telling the wrong story about what happened in Benghazi on 9/11 this year. He said she was merely conveying “intelligence she was given at the time.” Sorry Mr. President, that was not intelligence. It was a fabrication. We all know that now. A dreamed up fairy tale is not intelligence. Someone on your (our) team has a bad case of SCI. Don’t defend SCI. Seek to cure it. Or at least throw some stimulus dollars to developing a remedy.
As a society, we (humans) are constantly challenged how to manage a system for the greater good. To be successful, we need a strong immune system. Good leaders have got to know that SCI has an inverse effect on intelligence and on the integrity of the system.
DP succumbed to SCI. As did the famous cyclist. As did many others in public life we know of. My brother said once, “we are only human.” He was referring to the fact that none of us are perfectly balanced. Part of the challenge and excitement of life is achieving a certain level of controlled balance on an ever moving and sometimes volatile surface.
I wish I could say I’ve never had a case of SCI. Therefore no pot calling the kettle black from this unbalance soul. I (we) can just hope that the scientists come up with an antidote, a magic pill, which will help eradicate the menace of SCI. Or would life be just too predictable without a little imbalance?