Honestly, we’re not really big readers of the Atlantic. The magazine’s okay, but it has a way of proclaiming the imminent demise of Western Civilization (as we know it) that gets on our nerves.
But, recently, our friend Brent Williams sent us a link to rather interesting article in a recent issue. In Power Causes Brain Damage How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise Justin Renteria reports on various studies which show that as people move up in organizations, and become leaders, they tend to lose their capacity for empathy.
And that’s not just in a fuzzy-wuzzy feeling other people feel sense. It is in the sense that they stop being able to figure when they’ve offended supporters, or when they’ve made serious enemies. This does not lead to long-term success in the potentate business. And, in fact, the researchers note that little re-humanizing now and then, occasionally being reminded of your mortality, is about the only option if you want to keep yourself on the throne.
Of course, us liberal artist types could have the researchers that a long time ago. Something about Pride Goeth Before A Fall…and Remember Caesar, you are mortal springs to mind.
But, still, it is good to have our biases confirmed. And it is nice to know that what we suspected was truth, and that the creatures at the top of the Trump administration…
Really can’t feel the pain of others. And, short of divine retribution…