We are just different but also the same. Everything around us is a paradox. We think alike but also have different views that also tend to change every few years. Of course, most stay rooted to the basics, but who does not feel bitter when the tide turns? It could well prove a passing phase.
We find the world in increasing disarray. We are on the lookout for scapegoats for our inherent faults and failure to unite to face the burning issues of the day. At the back of the mind, we might well feel a higher force will help us out, get us out of the rut! We have been playing with fire all along but have managed to keep our heads above surging waters. We buy time to postpone the impact of the harsh realities through some quick-fixes when the push comes to shove!
Our failures are apparent. We know only unity will make a sea change but we will have none of it. It is sort of heads I win, tails you lose! We stick to our ground, knowing full well that a bit of compromise will lighten the burden on all. But we have big-sized, inflated egos coming in the way! We are also suspicious of others and, likewise, others of us! It is sort of a no-win situation.
Despite the lessons from history, we chug along with nary a thought for our future. Problems are compounded by the day, but our leaders stick to their guns, uncompromising! Are they really tackling the issues head on or playing to the gallery and indulging in political circus? Yes, the general public still swears by democracy and wants diversity in thinking but not to such an extent that decisions are just put away for what looks forever.
Can we not prioritize our issues that brook no delay and find common ground to tackle them? Why get lost in semantics when the situation deteriorates by the day? In personal lives, don’t we know how to act to put our house in order? But in national and international affairs, delay and acrimony are endemic.
Jobs are lost and some are losing hope for a life of meaning. Still they look for a miracle; but as the saying goes – Gods helps those who help themselves. Many are at the end of the tether but our elected leaders cannot find much unity in diversity. Some cannot see beyond the tip of their noses – just getting lost in partisan politics, missing the woods for the trees. The common man’s welfare should trump other interests. There can be no leader when people lose all hope and desert the system they have sworn by for generations.
Obviously few bad apples are threatening to spoil the entire lot due to their selfish, myopic view of vital matters that are bursting at the seams. Diversity is not an end by itself, but unity should be the guiding spirit based on a healthy show of accepting the diversity of views. Actions should follow decisions based on the welfare of the most important common denominator in democracies – the vast majority of deprived people. Some have achieved democratic systems after trudging through many a storm, with great hope and aspiration. Such systems are floundering having lost sight of the basic values; like a boat adrift on stormy seas! Let us not lose sight of the soul of the democratic systems!