Authority...

When the community brings a need to its authorities, love causes them to respond, or to truthfully declare their allegiance with a directness that allows the disenfranchised to seek other means to address their need. When issues overwhelm a leader, love makes him effective in empowering others to serve in his or her place, and cautions the community to patience as the system adjusts. When unable to serve effectively, love brings the authority to step aside, allowing the community to elevate others better able to respond to the problems and opportunities they face.

Recall that each individual has the option to create disorder when faced with overwhelming need. In that case, the community responds to the individual as an authority. The follower then becomes subject to the proscriptions of authority. He first seeks relief from his peers, before elevating the problem to leadership.

When evaluating a leader in normal circumstances, we do not ask: "What are you doing to make me more powerful?", but "What are you doing to make us more powerful?" Rather than simply demanding the power to manage policy for ourselves, we accede to the requirements of education, experience and creativity that underpin effective execution of policy.

Constituencies that make unreasonable demands upon their leaders do not reciprocate the relationship of love, and so undermine the context of authority. Parochial constituents deserve - and will ultimately suffer from - parochial leadership.