Thursday, December 07, 2006

morality and politics

There are certain politicos who vehemently protest the intervention of morality in their political options and agenda. There not only fume with anger but are also consumed with hatred when they are reminded of the right or wrong in their options and actions. They vehemently and adamantly proclaim that morals are altogether irrelevant in their political plans, programs and projects.

They want their political intentions and actuations to be over and above the ethical norm of good and bad, beyond what morals consider as virtuous or vicious. That is why they fume with disgust when they are censured for their corrupt ideals, deceptive moves, unjust acts. In plain language, they claim and want morality and politics to be altogether separate realities such that the former has altogether nothing to do with the latter.

This dangerous and insidious stance of some politicos ultimately finds its premise on the tenure of power. They become intoxicated with power thus making them feel omnipotent, invincible and eventually corrupt. For these powerful politicos, the norms of ethics and the imperatives of morals are immaterial and inconsequential.

If such errant stance and erratic mentation of certain politicos were true, the consequences would be to their own ridicule and shame.

One: They would neither be members of humanity nor constituents of human society that are precisely ruled by ethical standards and moral principles—considering that even law itself must be founded on what is right, good and just.

Two: They should divest themselves of human dignity, do away with their conscience, switch off their innate sense of right or wrong—similar to irrational creatures, mere robots and machines.

Three: They should be shunned and avoided whereas they would be either futile to reason with or exasperating to deal with—and probably even dangerous to relate with.

The truth of the matter is that politicians should instead appreciate being reminded of their obligation to live an upright personal life, to make good moral judgments, to exercise their public office according to what ethics say and what morals dictate. This way, they become a blessing to the ordinary citizens, and an asset to society in general.

December 7, 2006