It’s a natural human instinct to be sensitive to authority. To want to be led.
Most of us are only too happy to have someone else tell us what we want, what we think and what we feel. If you poke around the web, in various communities, you can observe how certain participants actively contend for authority to lead.
This is changing, little by little. Each day, more and more people are waking up to the fact that THEY are their own authority. They THEY are the managers of what they believe and what they want. That they are at least passively authorizing (tolerating) some of what they actually disagree with.
By doing nothing at all about it.
For the younger people, this is not something to learn. Instead, it comes completely natural to them. The youth have been born into it.
The easy thing to do is to tolerate the lack of responsibility, the lack of sincerity and lack of stewardship from illegitimate leadership. The leadership you are (at least passively) authorizing.
The more difficult thing to do is to think for yourself- and demand more from leadership. To be highly selective about who– and what– you are authorizing.
Right now, there is lots of change in society, powered by highly intense technological change. With so much in flux, the leadership game has completely changed.
Technology and several others forces at play in society are encouraging– and almost instantly rewarding– independent thinking.
And that’s why my guru is Google.
The End of Guru Culture (link)