Politics is about understanding how decisions are made, how resources are allocated and who is in a position to help.
For many of us, political behaviour feels like the covert way some people seek to manipulate outcomes – it is not to be trusted. What follows is a way of looking at politics that can help you handle it constructively.
This particular model helps you look at some stereotypes of political behaviour attached to animals that we tend to attribute with certain characteristics. These help make the behaviour memorable. At times we can display any one of the behaviours. What is important here is what your overall intention is.
The Mule (low political intelligence, working to their own goals)
When you think Mule, what comes to mind: Stubborn, entrenched, willful, tend to want to do their own thing, can be obstinate and obstructionist?
The Sheep (low political intelligence, working to shared goals)
When you think Sheep, what comes to mind: Flock together, do what the lead sheep does, nice but not awfully bright?
The Fox (high political intelligence, working to own goals)
OK, when you think Fox, what do you think of: Cunning, sly, slippery, not really sure which direction they are coming from?
The Owl (high political intelligence, working to shared goals)
Finally, when you think Owl, the clichés that come to mind: Wise, all- seeing, clever, thoughtful?
Learn more about how this translates to actual political behaviour, in chapter 7 of the manifesto.
Politics is an excerpt from Fabian Dattner‘s One World AtLast – a manifesto for the Modern Revolution, page 235, 241-243.
Mule image courtesy of Juan Gnecco / www.freedigitalphotos.net