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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Essential Lessons for Humans

When such a proposition is made, the question arises: “What is the alternative?” Do we allow morally bankrupt people to continue running the affairs of our country indefinitely? How can that lead to a better outcome?

In reality, good-hearted individuals should feel compelled to engage in politics to counteract the self-serving policies of most politicians, who are more concerned with personal gain than serving the people. Throughout this book, we have emphasized the fragility of the peace we currently enjoy. Only through a conscious effort to uphold justice and order can we prevent chaos from engulfing our civilization. When good people choose to relinquish their responsibility to lead, evil prevails, ultimately plunging our world into turmoil.

You are obligated to contribute positively to preserving order, peace, and culture. As previously discussed, this responsibility begins with working on oneself to attain greater maturity, truthfulness, and accountability.

By maturity, we mean allowing our nature to evolve into something more refined, precise, and purposeful. By truthfulness, we refer to a commitment to seek truth, embody it, and accept the demands it places upon us. And by accountability, we mean holding ourselves responsible for the flaws we recognize in the world rather than perpetuating the prevalent culture of shifting blame to external factors. We acknowledge our contributions to various structures of evil by commission or omission while recognizing our ability to rectify those wrongs.

When everyone takes a stand against evil, such a collective mission holds power and has a greater chance of effecting positive change. The more people involved, the stronger the impact and likelihood of success. And it all starts with you.

Roles

You assume the responsibility of leadership, while those who may not be suited for leadership accept the responsibility of shaping a culture of principled leadership. I may not be suited to become a governor, but I can support individuals with integrity. I can fight against unjust policies, even when they originate from those I support. Regardless of whether I face hostility or favoritism, I can refuse to be silenced. I will remain steadfast and unwavering, valuing truth and justice over personal gain. I would be a hypocrite if, after years of barking online, and many of you do, I accept the fruits of corruption in silence because it enriches me.

It is truly admirable to witness people who endure immense adversity and resist temptation in pursuing justice for all. I hold them in high regard. However, how can I falter when my country also calls upon me to exhibit bravery? When integrity knocks at my door and when even God Himself beckons me to undertake the mission of preserving the humanity of our culture and nation? How can I surrender to threats or compromise my values for the sake of a friend in power or the promise of personal gain?

Good-hearted individuals must engage in politics, for if we leave it solely in the hands of the morally corrupt, they will dismantle the very fabric of our society, leading us toward conflict and anarchy.

Game, No Game

The other part of the argument is that politics is not a game, especially not in the sense the term ‘game’ is generally understood. Politics is an extremely serious affair, one that profoundly shapes the lives of billions of people all over the world. Whether you will enjoy freedom in your country for the next couple of years is determined by politics, and this small group of people in your country influences the quality of life your children will have. Therefore, dismissing politics as merely a game would do a great disservice to yourself, your fellow countrymen, and your future children. Additionally, neglecting politics goes against the principles of religious devotion, as caring for your country is an integral part of what it means to be religious.

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Kenneth C. Alimba

Kenneth C. Alimba is a Catholic who believes that the only RIGHT way to view the world is through the eyes of God - so he spends his life teaching people how to attempt to make this a habit as he tries to do the same.

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