Pawn - 1. A chess piece of lowest value...
2. A person or an entity used to further the purposes of another.
(Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam Webster)
A pawn, in the social sense, is also known as a tool, instrument, toy, puppet, dupe, or a stooge. How does your leader view you?
The test of a leader can also be performed by asking a few simple questions that deserve honest answers:
What do you really think about your followers?
How do you feel about the people that follow what you have to say?
The discernment of pretense is often difficult. "Pious pretence, not hypocrisy (a hypocrite is one who tries to live a two-fold life of his own ends and succeeds), but a desperately sincere effort to be right when we know we are not." (Oswald Chambers, p. 1468).
Pretenders and hypocrites are usually revealed in this life. It is of the most extreme difficulty to fool all of the people all of the time. How the leader truly regards his constituency is not commonly reflected in the immediate. New leaders breed new auras; new ideas; new concepts; adrenaline and dopamine. He knows this and is aware that he thinks he is somebody. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a leader with a specific calling, purpose, and destiny. But, does he believe that his followers have an equal calling, purpose, and destiny?
Does the leader realize his relationship to other men in this earth based on:
"...these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness..." ( A Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson Writings, p. 19).
Does the leader believe that he is a man among men, or does he believe that he is a king among pawns? The propensity of the common man is recognized to himself, for he knows his lot, and his desire to change his stars. It was the case with the acknowledgement of Thomas Paine who declared equality among men when he stated, "Mankind being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance; the distinctions of rich, and poor, may in great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh ill sounding names of oppression and avarice. Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy. But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is, the distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth enquiring into and whether they are the means of happiness or misery to mankind." (Thomas Paine, Thomas Paine Collection, Common Sense, Forgotten Books, p. 10).
In the writing of the Declaration of Independence, this writer believes that when Thomas Jefferson penned that all men are created equal, he was referring to that of KINGS and SUBJECTS, not the plethora of ignorance that exudes itself amongst the populace today. The reflexive domain of the monarchy displays beliefs that exemplify man's perceived differences in kingship, lordship, noblemen, and commoners. These are all man created ideas by the 'heathen', as Mr. Paine expressed, not by God, as some believe, for the soul purpose of governing the way a chosen man chooses to govern. Men trying to live as kings make grave attempts to justify their internal beliefs that their followers are merely pawns sent to him to use for his own purposes. I see this in our nation today. Ideology is promoted over reality with facile expressions of cliches' and slogans being left as the order of things that are. These expressions are often repeated, repeatedly, and are used as talking points for the group and group enlistment.
The end all to this domain is eventual destruction. Revolt will eventually occur whether it takes place in the same generation, or, in the generations to follow. Revolt from inequality is imminent. If a man believes he is a king among pawns, he has created his own truth about himself and others that are under his care.
The lack of truth in any given relationship between two, or more, parties creates escalating mistrust leading to a proper level of distrust and expulsion of the connected heart. The Middle East is aflame from this disgust.