The center tent in the camp - the Commander's Tent - is often the largest, most spacious, most well-guarded, and the center of attention.
A lot of people see that, and want it.
They say, "I want the largest tent."
They say, "I want the most spacious tent."
They say, "I want the most security."
They say, "I want to be the center of attention."
But they've got it entirely backwards.
Command - at least, good command - winds up in the center tent after having cultivated the ability to serve their entire side's needs, and thus the commander winds up taking up the burden of command on him. His quarters are the largest to accommodate a variety of messengers, dignitaries, and officers. The high security is because if command is destroyed, the army is likely to collapse and everyone is doomed.
You come into the center of attention by being the most worthy to lead, and leading well. That gets you the center tent.
But -- and here's the damnest thing about it -- command is lonely, a burden few understand, and fewer still would want if they understood it. Most of the greatest leaders in history, if you actually read their private papers and sayings, were grateful for the ability to move the world forwards, but also highlight a certain feeling of burden that few can or would try to understand.
And yet -- the philosophical, action-oriented person who has the ability to lead, often starts leading. People build around them. Their quarters expand to accommodate more visitors, and slowly the camp becomes ordered around command.
Saying -- "Ah! The center! Yes, that looks nice!" misses the point. There's no chance of reaching it, if you think like that. Rather, you begin to serve, and serve well, you train and discipline yourself, you take care of everyone's needs. And then you wind up at the center of things, with all the good and ill that entails.
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