Q: What Do You Do When Your Leaders Have Irreconcilable Differences?

A: Solve your own problems.

This can be tough. Real tough. You may have to convince yourself that suicide is not a good solution. And once the idea of autonomous finality has been seriously entertained, it takes painful time to heal the mind.

How then?

Recreational drug usage helps. That is, until the habit prevents you from ironing out even basic dilemmas.

Whether your leaders are bickering parents, hot headed executives at work, or partisan politicians on the trail — it is helpful to get away. Spend a few hours or a few days focusing on things other than their squabbles. Try it alone, try it with friends and try it with strangers. Gaining new perspective is paramount for becoming an elite problem solver.

Though you have witnessed feuding characters point out each other’s flaws and over-inflate blame for numerous predicaments, you don’t need to play that game. It surely is not constructive debate. Weakening the household, the enterprise, or the country, each faction has angrily supported divisiveness. You need to forgive both parties for causing stress. That will place you on the path toward becoming a more intelligent and judicious leader than any of them.

This articlette is slightly after-school-special-ish, but the ancient wisdom endures: resentment and revenge will destroy the world.

It is up to you to set a good example by staying informed on the global effects of local issues. In many republics, after months of watching candidates demonize one another, we grant a fair amount of responsibility to our elected leaders. But — given a wiser and more competent populace — we can solve more problems with less reliance on authoritative resolution.

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