We cows don’t have elected officials, but we do have
lead cows - and the lead cow looks out for the best interest of the entire herd. She is the first to lift her head when a
stranger, be it human or animal, wanders among us.
she is our leader we pay attention to her actions and reactions. If she runs, we run. If she relaxes, we relax, secure in
the knowledge that the one we picked to lead us experiences life, and its dangers, among us. Should anything threaten us,
it threatens her as well. She eats what we eat, she rests in our pastures, and she faces the same fate as those she is charged
with leading. Her leadership is earned because she has proven to be worthy of our trust, based on her past experiences and
She lives in a real pasture - here - with us
- not off somewhere in a White Barn. The care she takes of us is equal to the care she takes of herself. Knowing that any
decision she makes as our leader will impact her safety as well, makes it easy for us to trust her.
Quite often a lead cow is fitted with a bell which will ring when she pops her head up
if she is alarmed. If the bell rings and then quits, it tells the rest of the herd that there was a warning, but after assessing
the situation, and, based on her experience, she feels no further danger. The bell no longer rings and the herd can relax.
Should the bell continue to ring, we heed the alarm and flee with her, away from the danger.
People could learn a lot from cows. For example:
The President of the United States is the "lead cow", charged
with taking care of the whole herd of people living here. Hell, he’s expected to protect the whole world. He’s
doing what he can to work toward his wish for world peace, but it’s a tough job that hasn’t yet been accomplished.
While I do think his wish for world peace would place
him in top contention for the Miss America Contest, I don’t think simply wishing for it qualifies him for the Nobel
Peace Prize, which he recently received. I’m ignorant of the criteria for receiving this prestigious award, but I would
think that simply wishing for peace should not supercede acts that actually lead toward that goal. And, this is a
scary thought, maybe there were no other qualifying candidates, which would really be alarming. I mean, if one who simply
wishes is the winner, how bad were the losers? Is no one doing anything toward this goal?
The big difference between the President
of the United States and our lead cows is this: He doesn’t live among those with whom he is charged to protect. He lives
in a guarded house, surrounded by security whose job is to protect him. So, the President is protected, rather then being
the protector. Not much of a lead cow.
What the people
of the United States need in a leader is more of the lead-cow attitude. They need someone who has to watch his own ass, and
by doing so, watches theirs. What they should do is to make him and his constituents vulnerable BECAUSE of their decisions,
rather than EXEMPT FROM THEM - as is the case in health insurance coverage and in social security.
They should put a bell around the President’s
neck like some ranchers do with their lead cows. Then if the people hear the bell ringing because the President is in danger,
they’ll know to take cover. If the bell stops ringing, they’ll relax - in peace. ... "No Bell Peace".
Then he will deserve the prize.
People could learn a
lot from cows.
we don’t see you in the pasture, we’ll see you in the future"