Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Wrong Angle

As we approach the coming elections, let’s try to avoid past mistakes, especially in the type or character of the candidates we select. Let’s not select those candidates who are fond of propaganda and just talking. We need people of action, sincerity and honesty.

Why do we say so? This is just based on some common sense that’s also based in the gospels (Mt. 6). In that chapter, Jesus the Savior asks us not to do our good deeds to be seen by men but rather do them, even if others do not see, because God our Heavenly Father who sees the good deeds we perform for the sake of the love of God or our neighbor will most certainly reward us, but He will not reward us for deeds we do to be seen and praised by others because we already have the worldly motive for which we did the works. This is also being implied in a German proverb that says: Die Tat ist alles Nichts der Ruhm (translate: The deed is everything, the glory naught)(from Goethe, Faust Pt. ii, act IV, sc.1). The business analyst writer of the book “Up the Organization” (Robert Townsend) also commented about a wrong orientation of business or movements: “Money, like prestige, if sought directly, is almost never gained. It must come as a byproduct of a worthwhile objective or result which is sought and achieved for its own sake.”

No wonder the projects of those politicians or legislators who make money their principal goal or motivating force are bound to fail. Just like projects intended more formaking money through environmental devastation and exploitation rather than consider the common good of humanity.

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