Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A house in order

If an individual doesn’t see the necessity, or isn’t willing, to put his own house in order, he shouldn’t expect officials, elected or otherwise, to put it in order for him, or to put society’s house in order. And if he is willing, and if he does put his house in order, it naturally follows that as more individuals understand the necessity and feel so compelled, public service will eventually be transformed and seen as a sacred calling, rather than a way to accumulate wealth, power, and fame. The simple fact of the matter is, we are all public servants; an even simpler fact is, until the first fact is understood, it will be “politics as usual.” In the meantime, it is unrealistic to expect selfish criminals to examine other selfish criminals as a way of getting at the truth. Not all politicians are criminals, of course. But their effectiveness is directly related to a recognition of the need to first understand themselves and to have their own houses in order. Without this, politics will always remain a dirty business, people will be duped on a large scale, and they will remain angry, oppressed subjects of the power they have unwittingly given to those most ambitious, privileged, and connected to wealth among them. There is a sad helplessness about the whole operation. But why choose to be helpless when you have all of this personal potential at your disposal, waiting to be awakened and called into action?

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