Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, May 01, 1879, Page 104, Image 8
104 Till! TWO OFJtOKS. VOIi. VHP expectation that ho will bo nolo to guide them through the storm. And its the sky if darkened by tho growing tempestuous clouds, llmling themselves suddenly plunged into the foiuningsca of rebellion, they lay their lives, and their fortunes at his feet, asking his time, his talents, and his skill to lead them into port. Leader, ship of this kind, we may say, never dc volves solely upon one individual, yet they who lead arc few and they who fol low, many. Who then shall attempt to measure the responsibility of the leader, upon whose decision in aparticularcrisis may depend the happiness or misery, life 01 death of a whole nation. When he ac cepts his position, lie accepts its respon sibilities, and must meet them in order to be loyal to his trust. Ho who assumes these duties should be one of those whose clear perceptions and keen insight enables him to observe the coming tempest in the cloud, when no larger than a man's hand, and whose precision of reason and calm, ness of judgment holds in check the im petuosity of himself and advisers, which otherwise might plunge the people into needless rebellion at a useless cost of life. Men have been found, even in the short career of our Amorican republic, who were capable, willing, and perhaps anx ious, to take their places at the head and lead the people on to success. Such were Washington, Green, Wayne and Putnam of tho revolution. Not only do they work for fame, but they feel that thcsuaie incumbent duties which they must dis charge, in order to acquit themselves creditably before the bar of their own consciences. What was the self-sacrificing spirit of Hugh Mercer? A dav or two beforo his death, he said: "We are not engaged in a war of ambition, gentle men, if we were, I should not be here. Every man should be content to servo in that station where he can tc most useful. For my part, I have but one object in view, and that is the success of the cause. God can witness how cheerfully I would lay down my life to secure it." Such a sentiment uttered by a leader has a won drous effect upon subordinates. It gives the leader power in his command, and and character with the world at large. The humble soldier in his private ca pacity, inhaling the same atmosphere, imbibing the same sentiments and be ing inspired with tho same faith, cour age, and hope, by such inferences, fills his office with equal merit. The grander and nobler impulses of his soul seek the nc complishment of the desired end. He serves faithfully and honestly till the oil ot life has burned away, and now as the light is extinguished and he enters his grave, let us not withhold that which is due. What has been said of military opera tions implies equally well to the inter course of men in all its bearings and as pects. There are the leaders and the led, the governors and the governed, the pro lectors and the protected, the teachers and the pupils, all members of tho human family, demanding it share in its joys and pleasures, as well as its sorrows and griefs. The leaders are called upon to bring order and beauty out of the dittos of conflict. In other words, they are, to a great extent, the adjusters and prelectors of society, and the moulders of human character and destiny. The legislator, the juribt, the Journalist, the moral and re ligious teachers and the professors of all our higher institutions of learning theso have all taken a stand as leaders in the progress of the world, and consequently have assumed the corresponding reponsi bilities. They have positions high and sacred. They must therefore execute their work with tho utmost fidelity and caution in order to sustain pure and irre. proachablc characters. They should be advancing, adjusting and developing in order to draw out all the latent forces of booiety, thus securing the blessings of civ il and religious liberty to men. They should be men of wisdom and integrity, and worthy of tho confidence and trust of the common people.