Not heros, but men

17 Sep

I do not believe in hero worship of political persons. They are merely civil servants. This does not mean that I suggest we despise them. Although it is true that some are better at their service than others, our vote, not our autograph books, is all the encouragement they need.

If we worship a political figure, we put undue pressure on them to be what they are not. We distract them from their duty and make them consider themselves. Disinterest in self is necessary for good service. Soon they will no longer be able to perform with efficiency the capability they were lauded for. All men are mortal; we have more public office spaces than there are men who can overcome the temptation of power. Don’t put on into a situation you yourself cannot resist.

Treat them with the attitude that you expect them to do their duty – criticize them, give them suggestions, vote for them when they’ve done well. A truly good civil servant will appreciate this, a mortal civil servant will be kept in line by this, a conniving power monger will be turned off by this.

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