When I was a teenager, I use to watch Star Trek. It was a great show, and I very much enjoyed it. However, in retrospect I realize some of the ideas the show promoted were awfully wrong. Why bring that up now? Well, Tony, a commenter had this to say about Hillary Clinton.
It seems to me that many here are judging Secretary Clinton by a different standard than they would ever judge a man. I think this has to do with deep seated cultural and psychological resentments that both men and women share against women who are ambitious for political power, even though such ambition is a necessary character trait for anyone, male or female, who would seek a high political office, much less for someone seeking the highest political office in the land. Men who seek and wield political power are expected to be coldly calculating and shrewdly manipulative, but when a woman does it, it is denounced as a character flaw.
For example, take the Wikileaks revelations. Stretch your imagination. Start by imagining that an adversarial foreign power hacked Trump supporters’ emails in order to influence our elections in favor of Hillary Clinton, and that the voracity of each item likely has been tampered with. Now, if you can, imagine the same emails as attributing whatever it is that is negative toward Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton. If the leaked item made Trump seem ambitious toward power, coldly calculating and cunningly manipulative, would you, find that to be admirable qualities for a negotiator, or at least would you give Trump a pass and explain it away. Many here have repeatedly given Trump a pass for much, much worse. So why the double standard? Why the false equivalencies? And who is really playing “identity politics” here? (from here)
After a transporter malfunction separates Kirk’s personality into two separate individuals, the captain’s evil half roams about the Enterprise like a madman while his upright opposite gradually loses his ability to command the ship due to his meek and indecisive disposition. As Spock and Scotty scramble star-trek-the-enemy-within around in a desperate effort to reunite both Captain Kirks without killing them/him in the process, Sulu and his fellow landing party members are informed that they must remain on the inhospitable surface of the planet Alfa 177 until the transporters can be repaired. (from here)
The theory presented in The Enemy Within is that in order to be a “good” leader we have to be a little evil. That is, the skill of leadership requires a certain balance between good and bad traits. At the time, it made sense. Now? Hogwash!
Consider what evil involves. An evil person is indifferent to everyone except themselves. Everyone else exists merely as an object to be used.
What should we care about most in a leader? We should desire that that person loves God and his or her neighbor.
Matthew 22:35-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
There are no evil or good halves at war within us. We are born sinners. Until we learn to love God and each other — until we do love someone besides our own self — we are wholly given to evil. Until we honor God above all else, we will succumb to temptation and do evil. Instead of serving others, we will try to use our family, friends, and neighbors for our own selfish purposes. Therefore, Jesus described a different sort of leader.
Matthew 20:25-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Because they loved God and their neighbors so much, Jesus’ apostles, ordinary men, were able to lead others to Christ.