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In The Face Of Eternal Silence

On May 03, 2015, in Leadership 360˚, by Neculai Fantanaru

Measure your character based on how you are perceived by others, taking into account the requirement of living with yourself in the name of serving a lost world.

Mercedes changed quite a lot. And this was not because in the time of great riches she would’ve prided herself with the arrogant glamour that clearly removed all traces of social status and makes it so you can’t recognize the woman she once was who appeared in simpler garbs. And also not because she would’ve fallen into the miserable state of being forced to wear the garbs of poverty. No. Mercedes seemed changed because her eyes were no longer shining, because her mouth was no longer smiling, because, at long last, an unabated uneasiness stopped on her lips the very words her sharp mind once enabled her to utter without pause.

Mercedes had never known true misery. In her youth, she often talked about poverty, but this is something else entirely. Need and necessity are two similar words and yet are terribly far apart. But it wasn’t poverty that drained this woman’s mind, and it was not the lack of courage that made poverty seem oppressive.

Lowered from the world she lived in, lost in the world she now chose, similar to those leaving a parlor with enchanting lighting, stepping suddenly into darkness, Mercedes seemed a queen descending from a palace into a hut, a queen having just barely enough to not starve to death, failing to recognize even the pottery she was forced to bring to the table herself, and not the shabby couch replacing her bed either. Only saddening things were surrounding her… In the face of this eternal silence, she felt as dazed as the traveler reaching the edge of a precipice. *

Leadership: Do you undergo a process of knowledge that pegs its way through the ignorance of only seeing the facet of reality that suits you?

Although opposite in terms of personal assessment trends, the knowledge of what you once were and the knowledge of what you have become, on different planes and stages of a process that pegged its way through the ignorance of seeing only that facet of reality that suits you, in the composition in which you will never return unless life "abandons" you, lead to the realization of a harsh request of leadership: the request of living with yourself at last.

The end of grandeur in the name of the service of a lost world, isolated in a truth focused on pain and limitation, has as a matter of utmost importance the willingness to accept a pressing reality as an irreducible fact following the consequences of the events you have witnessed with indifference. A man who worships such an end, complacent in an extended suffering, obviously cannot accept his condition as a superior destiny, but he can find a meaning by trying to reconcile with his own consciousness.

The relationship between destiny and acceptance of the finitude condition, an alliance in itself, composed of both hopes and non-motivation, can explain the seeming contradiction the individual is trying to self-assess in terms of how he is perceived by the world. When you are no longer mindful of what responds to the needs of your nature, meaning when you are indifferent to yourself, you begin to capture the attention of others as a criterion of your kind of spirit, of the mood of contentment with less.

In reality it is not a contradiction, but only two different ways of viewing ourselves. The first, the image of a spoiled man, without truly getting involved in any important aspect of life, as a type of sweet cowardice, conservative by ignorance and duplicity in assuming certain preferences or certain major responsibilities. And the second, as consequence, in the form of adversity, as a completely unrealized man.

Leadership: Do you meet your individualization needs in terms of your positioning at a point of utmost visibility from which a fatalistic view of life flows?

Your attitude of guilt in a process of interference between experiences and actions amplified by the hazard leads to a corresponding result: rejection of everything that is to your liking, removal of everything that enlivens you. Producing relevance in highlighting the gaps in one’s own mentality, as a brief analysis compared to the existing situation, must give rise to a reason from which you’d tether your suffering and cancel it, such as not yielding to the insistence of the conscience of delimitating yourself from the world around you.

Thus, leadership must be, to some extent, the measure of regularity, of order regarding your formation and your essential values, in such a way that you prevent your fall into the abyss of guilt, of pride or self-exaltation. Positioning yourself at a point of utmost visibility from which a fatalist view of life flows means focusing your interest on the limits of self-objectivity, giving up what is important and valuable spiritually.

Being able to recognize you were wrong, to be willing to change and to do it before it’s too late. First in the plan of conceiving a new world, or in the mental project stage of your hidden life. Next, in that of the concrete realization of the meaning of your authenticity, through the direct intervention of the hazard, of the random and the unexpected, sometimes having the role of "awakening" or "reminder", and then to act towards dignity.

This is the condition of a transformational leadership that serves as a pillar of becoming and the power to escape the edge of the precipice of life, by assuming suffering or happiness: to know how to appreciate yourself depending on your desire to escape the limits of individual consciousness.

Before adjusting the level of confidence of others in yourself, measure your existential journey by experimenting with accepting the presence that can be forgotten.

In The Face of Eternal Silence will be the man that has only ever known that side of reality that suits him, that he imagined, realized it, but never truly lived it. The capacity to perceive a different reality, sometimes going hand in hand with the pride of facing it, and the strength of becoming that reality, are two similar concepts. And yet they are so very far apart.

* Note: Alexandre Dumas - Count of Monte Cristo, Youth Publishing House, 1957.


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