The Presidential Election of January, 2015 pitted the established and entrenched order of excesses against a nascent popular uprising against that order. The entrenched order crumbled under the pressure of the masses and a new order was established; albeit all too briefly now we realize.
Barely six months ago dare we even whisper a complaint against the political order? Now we write, joke, criticize all things political. We are free to ridicule and insult the new lot and even have our own versions of The Onion. Also, we twitter and facebook and complain and rat out the bad guys. We are ever so vigilant about the wrong doing of our elected and public officials. We are openly resentful of empty promises and boastful achievements. We travelled far in a short time, that’s for certain. The change, to an extent has been captivating and exhilarating.
Unfortunately, the new order started to face opposition almost immediately after it was installed. Much of the opposition was due to the unrepresentative nature of the new order and the new government’s credibility was not bolstered by the appointments of ethically challenged individuals to key government positions. Within months, cracks were widening in the façade of unity.
Over the last few decades, the political order of the nation has dehumanized us to the point that we have lost our moral compass. Worse, we have come to celebrate the moral cowardice of our leaders and seem ever ready to abandon our principles and our moral footing for a few minutes of relevance. We have taken refuge from accountability and have lost our ability to expect civic courage from ourselves. The leaders of our choosing reflect this lack of self-respect as a nation.
While we proudly tell ourselves that we are ushering in a new era, we shamelessly allow the same bad acts to fan the embers of racial conflict for personal gain. We have made ourselves subservient to this force of evil. We live in a democracy but seem powerless or incapable of self-preservation.
The natural remedy in such a situation is to vote them out of office. We must, because that is the bare minimum that is required for self-preservation.
However, we must realize that rearranging the faces on a billboard will not bring us the change we require. We cannot behave as pawns and expect to be treated as kings. .
Regimes that feed on fear needs human fuel to feed that fear. The canopy of lies built on myths and tall tales that prop illegitimate regimes and despots must not be allowed to stand the test of time.
We the people have the power to change the course of our destiny but it requires a commitment to the truth of our position. If we refuse to be part of the lies, then we will asphyxiate the evil that has consumed our polity.
We must embrace the sort of civil disobedience which Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr advocated. Let us be the ones to raise our voices in unison against the lies, distortions and hatred and become honest people worthy of our children’s respect.
As Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, then that which should be naked would then really appear naked before the whole world.
A self-respecting people can be timid in their actions but not in their resolve. We have been part of the modern herd on the march of political servitude and spiritual bankruptcy for so long that we would rather embrace the darkness than let in the light.
But we must know that it is the light that will make us see?
It is not an easy choice or an easy path to thread but the alternative is to accept the verdict that we are worthless and hopeless, and the scorn of our children.