from December, 2002)
excerpted from the book World
Diplomacy (2nd. ed.)
by Richard Sidy
3: Leaders are dedicated to solve the problems of
a diplomat is a great labor on behalf of the future
of humanity and our planet. For true diplomats diplomacy
is not simply a "career,"
but rather an inner purpose for which they feel a deep
sense of dedication to make the needed sacrifices in
order to best improve life. Once true diplomats see the
needs and feel the responsibility to meet the needs then
they begin to devote their lives to carry out their responsibilities.
is not difficult to see the needs of the world. It
seems easy, however, for many so-called "leaders" to
turn their backs on them. Those who have the calling
and dedication for diplomacy can not ignore the needs
once they are aware of them. To do whatever is necessary
to serve the global needs without personal or national
self-interest is the nature of the true diplomat.
works from the leadership level, since it is from that
level that the highest potential exists for either
serving the needs of the world or for perpetuating
misery and suffering. Up to the present day leaders
have embodied the nationalistic pride, religious zeal,
materialistic desires, or fears of the peoples whom
they lead. Few national leaders have emerged from any
nation who were diplomat heroes, dedicated to serve
the needs of humanity and the planet. That is why the
planet is in such a desperate condition today.
Diplomacy (2nd ed.),
Chapter IV "Leadership"