Why are politicians and voters afraid stand up to gangs? I am sick of gangs. I’m sick of gang leaders, gang members, and every other aspect of political parties ; )
Political parties are assumed to be people united around common values or policies, and the Hell’s Angels are a club of motorcycle enthusiasts–which is true–just as it is true that people with similar interests form gangs to get control of a geographical, demographical or ideological area.
Canada’s political system is built on the idea that people in a given area select a representative for their interests. These representatives have a duty to represent the government, and the views of experts and community leaders to the people, and to represent the views of the people, and the views of community leaders and experts to the government. It is impossible to facilitate this two-way communication if the first loyalty of the member of elected office is to a political party, and all communication goes through the filter of what is best for a political party.
The partisan serves not the people, but the devil within–the ego. It is fear that people seek to quell with control. But the devil within is never satisfied and the ego now has more to fear losing. Those in fear run and hide and create separation. Great leaders stand firm, seek and create unity.
What about our own loyalty to political parties? Look at this undeniable statement of truth from comedian Chris Rock, “Anyone who makes up their mind before hearing the issue is an idiot.” Political parties, and their Leaders, ask us to do just that, and they ask us to do it for the benefit of “the Party” they dominate. Only the Leader’s ego gains by allying with those with different policies against those with the same.
Loyalty to people, or organizations of people, is itself a disgusting principle. One can be loyal to values, or to people. The time will come when a person who asks for your loyalty will betray your values and you will have to choose between the two. Most people choose what the devil within us, convinces us is best.
The ego has no patience and the devil wants us to believe that the shortest path to happiness is to betray our beliefs, faiths, and conscious. How will the love, recognition, and acceptance we all crave come from this betrayal of values for the temporary alliance with one–against another?
While our material concerns are often conflicting, our happiness comes from identical places. When we can realize the similarities of our desires and world views, the emotional vampires that seek to steal happiness from us and each other lose their fangs.
Beware of anyone who points a finger at another person or group and says “That’s the problem, so give me ______”, for that person is usually looking in a mirror. Never underestimate the ego’s ability to find its flaws in others and attack them viciously for personal, emotion gain.
Mohandas Gandhi said, “Pure goals can never justify impure or violent action…They say the means are after all just means. I would say means are after all everything. As the means, so the end….If we take care of the means we are bound to reach the end sooner or later.”
If the means are control–the end is control, and I will no longer follow cowards.