Politicians vs. Humanity

Newsletter, February 2016

 

 

A wise man once said that the urge to become a politician should be enough to disqualify a person from so doing, yet society is based on systems of government that couldn’t function without them. What is it that apparently de-humanizes politicians, and is there another way?

Why do politicians make promises they then don’t keep?

“I have to make it clear also that politics attracts only the most mediocre minds in the world. It does not attract Albert Einsteins, Bertrand Russells, Jean-Paul Sartres, Rabindranath Tagores…. No, it attracts a certain kind of people. Psychologists are aware of the fact that people who are suffering from some inferiority complex are the people to be attracted towards politics, because politics can give them power. And through power they can convince themselves and others that they are not inferior, that they are not mediocre.

“But just attaining power makes no difference to their intelligence. So the whole world is ruled by mediocre people when we have a large number of intelligent people – scientists, artists, musicians, poets, dancers, painters – all kinds of sensitive, creative people, the very cream of humanity, but they are not in power. They can change the whole fabric of human history, they can change the darkness of the future into a beautiful morning, a sunrise.”

Osho, The Sword and the Lotus, Talk #3

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