Surly Despot

SurlyDespotI began today thinking about a world in which people made the individual the most powerful entity. A truly passionate attempt at respecting one another’s rights. As said in Spanish, “Mundo de la libertad”. To accomplish a world of freedom and achieve peace in the world we need to make the concept of “We the People” pervasive and global.

Only by recognizing that every individual has certain universal rights and respecting those rights can we ever hope to attain peace in this world. Can we do this? I fervently want to believe we can. However we are far from that view as I write this.

My words evaporate into a fog fueled by steam off my angry brow.

Our history of violence is long. There are few if any peaceful incidents marking any successful revolution. Perhaps it is just our nature preventing us from helping one another daily. We certainly respond to disaster. But we act poorly with regard to solving our worlds everyday needs.

My own nature reveals how emotions can cloud the goal and make peace a mostly impossible goal. Too numerous are the times I have sabotaged my relationships with angry words and at times have even gone to physical violence. Afterwards I wonder how it all could go so wrong. In nearly every instance it was the opposite of what I wanted to accomplish. Yet there it is in my own nature. I am sure this echoes in all of you too. Perhaps yours is a milder form of contrary behavior? Maybe even nonexistent? In which case none of what I am saying is relatable to you.

Nonviolence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute. The spirit lies dormant in the brute, and he knows no law but that of physical might. The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law-to the strength of the spirit. – Mohandas Gandhi

Yes someday we will overcome our natures. We will respect one another. We will observe and protect each others rights. We will apply this to our jobs. Only then will our government employees be pleasant to work with. Each will all behave as their namesake implies; a civil servant. Instead of each being a surly despot.