Democracy would be great if so many people weren't inept at leading themselves. At the same time, a more "selective" leadership would also be good if...well, people weren't so inept at leading.
"We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper." ~James Carroll