Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fighting Off Political Cynicism and Arrogance -- a Plan

Read the whole column here:

Quick antidotes to conceit in politicians and for journalists and political aficionados prone to point out such arrogance:

  • Weekly, serve for at least two hours someone less fortunate than yourself (AIDS hospice, nursing home, prisoner literacy, etc.)

  • Say once a day, at least: "I am wrong, you are right."

  • Read the Bible and pray one hour a day. Sit in a church under a pastor who can discern when a hard word is necessary and doesn't shrink from saying it. Confess regularly and openly your sins to some you can trust.

  • Pray through Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ daily. (Excerpt: "This is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the world to tend toward the kingdom of heaven. Vanity therefore it is, to seek after perishing riches, and to trust in them. It is also vanity to hunt after honors, and to climb to high degree .... Vanity it is, to wish to live long, and to be careless to live well .... It is vanity to set thy love on that which speedily passes away, and not to hasten thither where everlasting joy abides.")

  • Establish a relationship with someone who can put his knuckles on your desk, tell you to "repent," and to whom you will reply, "Yes, sir."

There are undoubtedly some other helpful ideas for those prone to self-importance (politicians, you, me), but these constitute a good start. Because politicians, I have thought even as I write this, are simply a microcosm of "We the People ..."


At 4:21 PM, Blogger Brett said...

I have a much more drastic measure. I believe there needs to be a separation of politics and state. Maybe then we could have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Clint said...

"He advocates more spending and higher taxes; I prefer cutting government and letting Americans decide family-by-family how to spend their own money."

If you really prefer that, than why do you advocate government intervention in the market? Particularly in areas such as gambling, alcohol, and pornography?....

At 7:42 AM, Blogger John said...

Those are very good suggestions for spiritual health and balance.


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