You understand why a person does what he does when you understand the root cause of that which he does. Before you judge someone to waste, walk in their shoes first, though this easier said than done.
Let’s understand what a government really means.
What is a government?
In Latin root, government is called “Gubernarementis.” “Gubernare” means “Govern.” “Mentis” means “Ment.” “Gubernare” means “Control.” “Mentis” means “Minds.”
Before you complain and blame the government, you must understand that its purpose is to take, to want control seemingly including what it cannot handle, so instead of letting the government control your life, why not take control of your life and be that person who takes control the government too. The government has got power because it has been and it still feeds on its citizens, yet most citizens don’t understand this philosophy, and one example are the government civil-servants and the rest of us we the tax payers.
So if you can feed someone, why fail to feed yourself. If you feed the government, why fail to feed yourself? Why complain and blame the one you feed? Why don’t you just feed yourself more and feed less the one you feed more?
Constructive governments support its citizens to live self-reliant, self-empowering and self-positive leadership lives. Hope out there in this world they is such a government, if there is such a one, give thanks to Universe.
A constructive government work together with its citizens to develop the country together as they say, “When it comes to National development, two hands is better than one”, so is the government board can never develop the country economically or socially on its own, it will always need the helping hand of the citizens too. For example governments today are still saying they will provide jobs to university graduates but it can never and will never provide jobs to all people seeking jobs, it has to empower its people to become self reliant and also work with its people not on its own if it has to overcome unemployment problems countries are facing today.
As Mary Curie (1867-1934) said; “You cannot hope to build a better world (Nation) without improving individuals.” This is what makes each individual to become a blessing of his or her society or country, as John D. Rockfeller said; “If we can help people to help themselves, then there is a permanent blessing conferred.”
In the book “False Start In Africa” by the Rene Dumont gave an example in the book said by J. Guillard about African countries if they had to achieve development; “Total involvement of government and people is the conscious choice of achievable goals and deliberate sacrifices”.
But with most country governments are engulfed in fear, and they fear if they teach or come up with policies that reinforces people to become self-reliant, they would fade away as someone said; “Always keep in mind that creating jobs is a means to the ultimate end of economic activity, which is creating wealth, a job is just a means, not an end.” As I have said the government feeds more on the poor and middle class through taxes though many people don’t think deep about this.
If the unity individuals of the government are positively minded, then its country-citizens will be taught to contribute positive changes. Meaning if the government had to achieve such goals, it has to come up with policies and self-empowering systems that will empower more people to stand on their two feet so that they can contribute to the development of their country too. It’s a blue lie when you here a politician saying the government can develop the country alone, that’s the symptom that it’s a manipulative unity of negative individuals.
A government should be a leader that should educate people how to swim by throwing water on them, in short teaching its citizens how to fish, doing what Leo Tzu a long time ago (600 BCE) said, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.”
To govern is to look to the future, not only that period of 5 years you are in that government position. To govern is to create a long-term individual sustainable empowerment, to create more leaders, not more followers, it is to educate individual-responsibility and leadership in the minds of citizens, to create a way and show it by example; as J. Donald Walters said, “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.”
John C. Maxwell also said; “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” You share judge the government by its thought fruits it produces to its country. “The greatness of a man is in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” said Bob Marley. Stop complaining and blaming the government which will never change, take control of your life and contribute to your country, life is your own responsibility, not your governments.