The leaders aren't themselves led
But supervise the evolutionary progress
Of the People. They don't live
Like the People, but in their own separate
And rather conservative worlds.
They understand evolution
But don't actively participate in it,
Since directors rather than directed.
They don't personally enter the 'promised land',
For such is not their fate.
They make personal sacrifices
On behalf of the People,
Standing aside while the latter move ahead.
Their main task is to ensure that the People
Are set on course for the transcendental Beyond,
Never to deviate from it.
They aren't of the People
And therefore they're not with the People.
They must always remain separate,
Opposed to whatever regressive tendencies
The People may display.
They are the guardians of evolutionary progress,
Who serve the People's best interests.
They lead the People towards salvation
But can never be saved themselves.