“If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” - Margaret Thatcher
What marks the death of an era? Simple: the death of a leader. In this world, there are invisible thrones in every system: be it the system of culture, religion, social life, economy, politics, arts, sports and entertainment, etc. These invisible thrones can be categorized into two main classes:
1. Thrones built by followers
2. Thrones built by leaders
1. THRONES BUILT BY FOLLOWERS
These are thrones that are erected by the followers of certain people or leaders whose thoughts, ideas, philosophies and abilities, dominate their followers. The followers willingly or unwillingly submit their authorities to their hero; consequently building an invisible throne for the hero in question. E.g., The late Michael Jackson was heralded as the prince of pop music through the continuous and popular declaration of his fans, the world over! Michael Jackson's fans willingly or unwillingly submitted themselves under the influence and authority of his singing, dancing abilities, poetry, and ideas. Whether Mr. Jackson saw himself as the prince of pop or not, was a decision left entirely up to him to make. Whatever the case may be, if Michael didn't have the throngs of followers that sang along his tunes or danced to his rhythms, there would be no 'Prince of Pop' throne for him to even ponder about. The powers and privileges of this type of throne are ultimately determined by those who created them - the followers. As long as the masses are happy with their chosen hero or leader, then the occupant of the throne gets to enjoy the powers and privileges afforded him, by the followers.
2. THRONES BUILT BY LEADERS
These are thrones that are erected by men who create and stamp their own authority, ideas, philosophies and abilities over people, a place or an area of gifting; especially, without the approval and acceptance of the masses. The powers and privileges of this type of throne are completely determined by the one who created it - the leader. The leader strategically builds for himself a reputation for being able to do (or be) something unique and exceptional. He or she does this by specializing and perfecting his or her own way, style, ideas, art and technique of doing a particular thing. E.g. Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of U.K., was noted for her staunch and unyielding political style of leadership, motivated by her strong convictions. Being the first woman to hold such a post, the U.K. citizens expected her to be a that kind of mother who doted on her 'children', but she was far from that. Her strict financial policies left her bereft of most of Britain's approval. The women expected her to spearhead the causes of women, however, the late Mrs. Thatcher did nothing of that sort. Her disinterest in feminine matters, evidenced by her poor relations with the Queen and her lack of female friends or female advisors, did nothing to endear her to her own kind. Finally, in her own political party and cabinet, she did very well to oust anyone who didn't accept her convictions and proposals: even those who helped her secure office. Margaret Hilda Thatcher built her own political throne called, Thatcherism. She did this often without the approval of the masses, friends, colleagues and even her boss.
The death of the person sitting on any of these two, distinct thrones, marks the death of an era. For the Throne built by followers, the followers choose a new hero to idolize, replacing the former occupant of the throne with a new one, and the tradition continues. But for the Throne built by leaders, the throne dies with the leader as well. Although a similar throne to the dead leader's throne may be erected later on, it'll never be repeated in the same manner. In both cases, a power and influence shift, engendered by a crisis (of normally, death) occurs. For instance, until Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein died, the people of both Libya and Iraq respectively, live under dictatorship. The aftermath of their deaths saw the possibility of a new form of government: democracy. In other words, until the people sitting on the invisible thrones of the systems of the world die, there can be no change. How can there be change; if the stakeholders of the world are directly or indirectly reinforcing certain thought patterns, teachings, lifestyles, tastes, business practices, religious activities, films, political games, and even, clothes, that need changing? The death of an era, requires the death of the leader. The world is in crisis, because the old kings are dying. And so we herald the birth of a new era. Long live the (new) kings!