There are many uncertainties in leadership and world affairs. But there is one thing that is certain. When a leader surrounds him or herself only with those who agree, submit, or are bullied into withholding independent views, it is only a matter of time before that leader drives off a cliff of his own making. It has always been the case. The age of maturity of the human race will be an age in which no individual is empowered, on their own, to make important decisions and fall victim to the hubris of ego. The effect of this illness we now see too clearly in front of us.