Written after watching the popes Ted talk.
Thinking about him and Obama and wonderful speeches, and that maybe they are wonderful.
A cynical point of view is that they are just trying to keep their positions. If you view the world as only power struggles where people try to serve themselves, that is where you leave it.
But that isn't where I leave it. Call it intuition that these men aren't total sociopaths. How do I know this? I don't 'know' this in a measurable term. I know this in the same way I know that honesty will lead to a better life for my self. Faith, but not faith as belief but faith as a marker I will put out there because life will be better if I put it there as a guide. And a deep inner feeling that also understands pain as pain and love as love. Experience guided thought call it.
I don't think their messages are for the people in power. Maybe more so I believe of this pope but Obama I feel has it as well. They are talking to us. They seem to believe in a trickle every direction theory; anyone who is listening and can hear a call to moral action is an agent of positive change.
Good speakers engage in us something that is truly there that we can identify with. Even if their actions are restrained by the positions they hold, they can make a call out to us to act. Maybe their hands are paradoxically tied by their power and they call out to us, the 'powerless', to enact the change that they cannot.
Their speeches, whatever it took them to retain their positions, remain true because they have to sound true. They have to resonate with our better beings, which are designed by evolution to see humankind forward. A truly evil being couldn't last past a generation or two.
The meek shall inherit the earth. It isn't that we inherit our earth as a gift; we inherit it as a problem. The earth is in our hands. It might be wise to listen to others who have seen the inside of the beast to decide how best to proceed.