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  • Writer's pictureJordan Drayer

Limit Your Power

Gevurah of Malchut

Hi everyone, Jordan Drayer, the savvy millennial voice actress who is disciplined as a leadership. Today is six weeks and two days of the Omer. If you want to know more about the Omer and how it works, check out the links in the description.

Today is Gevurah of Malchut, the discipline of leadership. This is how we avoid dictators or even the opposite, puppet heads of state. You must own your power and use it, of course, but it's up to you to know when to be merciful, how not to over-punish, what's cruel towards your workers, things like this. Also, you have to know the limit of your authority, just like how police districts argue over jurisdiction between county and city forces. In this case, you have to know when to be the follower.

So for me as a teacher, I have power over the students in the classroom, can expect and demand good behavior, and can even move them apart from their friends. A good teacher should never hold the students past time though, as this is a time set by the principal. A teacher can't require students to study over winter break. They can give homework and can even give them a bad grade for not turning it in on time, but you can't require this. The authority of winter break time really belongs to the parents and the students themselves, whether they want to do the homework or not.

As a leader, are you aware of your weaknesses and strengths? If there are places you need to improve in, like let's say knowledge of 1700s France, then tell a person. Like don't make up or guess the answer to stuff you don't know. Just say, "I don't know enough about that. Let's ask someone else."

This in turn respects the authority of another who has studied that topic. Respecting experts, who have studied years, is something that has died with the rise of Google and social media, and it was a real shame and continues to be as this pandemic goes on. People don't understand how science works, and when the experts give them the explanation, they don't trust it.

Today's exercise is such a giant issue for this country, a pet peeve of mine. Before taking an authoritative position on something, stop and think if you have the right and ability to speak on it. Like I know very little about cars; I'll tell a person what I do know, then suggest they go ask someone else. It should be that if you never studied medicine and science, your opinion should matter very little in this pandemic. Of course, we can always voice our opinions, and we just talked yesterday about how we all matter. But please realize that some people have more authority on a subject because of years of study or work experience, and let that person be the winner of the debate. Thank you. Please like and share, and I'll see you tomorrow.

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