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Jim's Rant For The Day. Recreating Our Leadership.

As more planetary inhabitants pass through the Great Awakening the more we will be recreating our lives and the way we view the leadership responsibility we give to others to care for us. In retrospect our history indicates first that role was possibly given to god, then to religion who then gave (sold) it to kings and nobility. When countries rebelled against the above experiments they moved to elected leaders in some form or other.

The United States tried something novel in that it was a Republic meant to be as powerless as ever over the individual states. It was to be a duel system: Strong states with a weak central government. But after 200 years our system is now failing. Why the failing? Because we got lazy and allowed it to be so. We were moved to a Democracy over our Republic. Then we allowed our leaders to become lifers over us. So at this point we are back to anointed ones to lord over us again. We have learned nothing. I will continue to write about this in future rants.

But for now allow me to switch subjects on you. As some of you may know, my extended family has a 40 acre retreat farm nearby in the event of chaos that can support 60 persons. To complete it was a monumental task that required a lot of research because there are no cook books on how to do this. In my research I was trying to be assured our floating leadership plan was the best possible option. I began researching how other survival groups dealt with their leadership. Survival situations are much more life threatening then the annual Christmas Parade committee.

I ran across two amazing books, one of two identical ship wrecks at the same time and location that the author chronicled their experiences and their leadership styles. I think this is a great place to begin considering who we want to lord over us and in what manner. It is a simple but necessary start in our future.

52. Leadership Lessons Learned From Ship Wrecked Groups.Re: The Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex: The True Narrative that Inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Systematic Approach To Group Survival Source

Five years ago my son, who seldom reads a book, threw me the above book and said, "Read this." It is based on the manuscript by the First Mate of the only recording of a ship deliberately sunk by a whale. The Movie In The Heart Of The Sea was based on his manuscript.

I read it from a survivalist's point of view. Below are some facts not mentioned by the author but gleamed.

1. The Captain went into shock and moored the ship's three long boats to the wreck for three days as if it was a wake. He forbade anyone from boarding her.

2. Unknown to all, the cook had retrieved the maps, compass, ship's clock and sextant and had them hidden in his long boat for those three days. No one else had thought of them until the ship sank.

3. On the fourth day the Captain studied the map and decided to proceed to South America, a 90 day journey. For some reason he declined to head to a known trading island just 6 days away.

4. As I recall, 23 men set out and only 3 men survived.

5. The ship had giant tortoises aboard as ballast to keep the ship from listing. One was placed in each long boat for food. The rest were left on the ship. Some could have been sun dried aboard the vessel while it was sinking.

6. Each long boat had a small cask of fresh water aboard. They could have half emptied more water casks so they would float and lashed them to their boats or towed them.

7. There was still food in the galley that they failed to retrieve.

I just finished another excellent book that I recommend - Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World, By Joan Druett

The book chronicles the history of a small schooner that in 1864 crashed on rocks 300 miles South of New Zealand, in the sub-Antarctic region. Its 5 man crew made it to shore and suffered weekly gales and hurricanes plus near freezing temperature most of the time.

A few months later another larger ship foundered 20 miles away on the other side of the island with 19 crewman making it to shore. There was an impassable mountain between them.

Almost two years later 5 of the 5 crewmen made it home alive on their own. Only 3 of the 19 crew were rescued by luck.

One of the biggest differences between the two groups was leadership style and morale. The book makes a perfect case study of survival group morale, starvation signs and what may work and may not not work in group survival.

My Conclusions:

1. We are accustomed to military rule in that you must obey orders or subject to being shot. That’s great for the military but what about leading a few merged families? Gonna shoot them?

2. When under stress, shock, depression, and/or starvation one cannot reason and plan properly. Therefore, emergency plans should already be prepared for such an emergency.

3. In a survival mode, leadership must be altered so that when a leader falters (for any reason) another leader can step forward that is acceptable to the group.

The 5 of 5 shipwreck crew elected a leader who could be fired if necessary. Oddly they elected the Captain. At times he lead; at times he followed. But they were a group of one.

The 3 of 19 ship wreck crew remained under Maritime law with the Captain absolute ruler. He never made a decision. The only reason the 3 survived was because their lowliest seaman had the skills to survive and to lead a few of them informally. After being rescued it was realized the Captain had been out of his mind the entire time on the island and remembered nothing about it.

You can’t lead if you don’t have the confidence of your followers, especially in a crisis survival mode

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