Plato said, "The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself."It made me think... What do these elections and the ongoing drama that is unfolding before us tell us about ourselves and our leaders?

It is scary to watch the bottom line sink where matters of integrity and character are concerned. If this is a sign of things to come, it certainly is cause for worry and concern. I wonder where the men and women who stood for the high standards of integrity and behavior disappeared.

What is at stake?

We are at a time in history when any nation with arms can begin a war or ‘the war’ that can wipe out the earth.TheFact Sheet: "Who Has Nuclear Weapons, And How Many Do They Have?" states, “More than two dozen nations have nuclear power. Only nine possess actual nuclear weapons: Russia, the United States, China, India, Israel, France, North Korea, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

The Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, estimates there are more than 15,000 nuclear weapons around the world; the U.S.

and Russia possess 93 percent of them. The former Cold War foes keep nearly 2,000 nuclear weapons at the ready for immediate launch against each other, according to the." Nuclear Threat Initiative.”

A look at the conflict map

We are at a time when people in many nations are going through conflict for various reasons. A look at the conflict mapshows us a dismal picture. Is there a sign of peace and prosperity for any of them?

At such a time what we need most is to have wise and matureleaders with the right values and principlesin life to lead our nations so they can find solutions to the problems we face. Every nation has its own problems, every region has its own challenges and put together we need the leaders of nations to agree and come together to resolve our common struggles and difficult situations.

Leaders with foresight needed

More than at any time in the past we need leaders with foresight and understanding. We need leaders who will see every human being as having equal rights and working towards equal opportunities for everyone. Watching the #2016PresidentialDebatesand seeing videos with crass and boastful statements made by acandidate whom people are supposed to trust with the utmost power in their land would make anyone lose hope. Finally, we hear some say there are no choices, ‘We still have to choose one. Let us choose the lesser evil.’ I wonder what wisdom lies in that statement.

Perhaps it would be better if the people were given a choice to vote for a third option – ‘null’ or ‘a new candidate’ as an option to express their sentiment that they want someone better to be their President.

We cannot turn back the clock and we cannot change history once it is created. Would the people of our time be able to take responsibility for what they are unleashing into the world through these elections?

It is not a matter of election gimmicks and polls and numbers… it is a matter of world peace and much more. The dignity of people, the future of the earth and the generations to come depend on one decision that they will make very soon.

Let us hope and pray for our own sake and for the sake of the coming generations that the people who vote for the winning candidate will not be wrong.

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