What are our expectations from our leaders? It doesn't matter if they can't solve our problems but we expect them not to create problems for us.
The most important qualification I seek in a person aspiring to be a leader is his capability to handle complexities of large social groups. It is very important for a mass leader to remain connected with the people, both emotionally and intellectually. How can we ascertain that a person possesses the qualities to be an effective mass leader? Take a look at his brain scan.
We have three brains. The 'inner' brain, 'filled with ancestral memories', is rigid and learns from mistakes. The 'middle' brain controls emotions and instincts. Neocortex, the 'outer brain', is the reasoning brain. It comprises more than three-fourth of the brain matter. The outer brain is the youngest among the three brains. It is this part of the brain which equips us to handle complexities. It is responsible for rational thought and abstract ideas. It helps us in retaining long-term memories. It enables us to adapt to novelty. Some evolutionary psychologists believe that the human brain became larger in order to handle the complexities of social groups.
We need a political leader with a relatively larger neocortex. There are many among us who have a large neocortex. Only we have to find ways to turn some of them into political leaders. Only they can restore faith of the people in the virtues of politics and public service. A conglomerate of neocortical men only knows what the ideal system for a real world is.
Our brain is a very expensive part of our body. It demands heavy maintenance. It weighs 2 per cent of the body weight but consumes 20 per cent of total energy intake. Our political leaders are expensive too. Next time you are asked "who would you vote for", remember this.