There is something bothering me about politicians…
Surely not everyone who goes into politics is corrupt – yet that seems to be the general opinion. What happened to the person who was so determined to help the lives of himself/herself and fellow citizens? So much so that they dedicate themselves to public service? I refuse to believe that every one of them fell foul of some mystical spell that turned each of them into self-serving , corrupt individuals.
We citizens are not stupid; explain what you (politicians) are trying to do, why and how – and we will get it! We may not support every policy as an individual, but if you explain the background – we will be able to compute what you are saying (and argue intelligently if necessary).
This works in international politics as well.
Politicians are not a breed or animal any different to homo sapiens – there is no barrier except one that is perceived or projected.
So why do we find it so hard to communicate? Why are we more content identifying and vilifying the one rotten apple, thereby brushing aside the fact that we need to understand and support the earnest intentions of the rest of those politicians who are determined to make some sense of the management of this country?
The job I choose to do is around enabling this explanation to happen, but I am increasingly frustrated by the reluctance to listen. I can enable communication until your ears bleed, but if there is no willingness to listen then there seems little point.
Democracy relies on the intelligence and candidacy of the community – should we not start taking account of our own actions?
It is too easy to lay blame at the door of corruption – pour sugar into sachet… we need to wake up.