[October 16, 2019] While attending college in Oklahoma – part of my requirement for commissioning in the U.S. Army – I traveled through a small town without traffic lights, big stores, or movie theaters. When I first arrived in Sentinel, Oklahoma, the name immediately reminded me of the inherent responsibility of good leaders to always be a sentinel for their people and organization.
“The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, ancient Roman statesman, and philosopher
Cicero was trying to tell us something. The sentinel operates on the highest plane of human existence. The sentinel is always on the lookout for dangers and obstacles that the body of the nation/community/group may experience. Without the sentinel, failure is sure to visit. The lone soldier stands guard over the many. Without the soldier, the body of the world will surely die.
Any leader who takes upon them the mantle of leadership must also shoulder the have provided the resources they need. It matters not that you are a bigwig in some giant company or a rocket scientist at NASA.
We can judge a nation by those who guard its front door. The sentinel exercises great judgment, who to allow in, and who to bar from entrance. Those nations that prosper are those that have made serial decisions correctly. Those nations that suffer and die are those who have elected leaders who cannot “see” the future and have thus allowed evil and despair to enter into their society.
In America today, we have some of the best military leaders of our time. They have the resources, the intelligence, and the know-how to prevent our enemies from entering and destroying our nation. Often underappreciated but always needed, those members of our society that have chosen the duty to be a sentinel must remain focused and appropriately judgmental.
As long as our sentinels stand guard, they will ensure our country remains strong, and that is what deters the evil that so overwhelmingly stalks our world.