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Mission: To impress or to depress?
by Yumiko Quesada

Why do we always have to change our officials every now and then? Why are there people who oppose the government? The answer: We are not satisfied.

What is wrong about politics is that we always have to prevent ourselves from stereotyping the officials. When we hear about politics, negative words and thoughts enter our minds. We think it is a dirty field. We think it is all about corruption. That is primarily the reason why it is hard for us to trust. Even the Bible warned us not to put our trust in ‘earthling man’.

I find this applicable during the elections. We no longer know whom to trust. Sometimes, we cannot really determine their motives.

Don’t get me wrong. I still believe in goodness, although good deeds will always be stained with bad things or motives. I don’t believe in pure goodness, there is no such thing, simply because we are all imperfect. Whether we like it or not, we are inclined to do what is bad. The negative actions of politicians created a stigma in the society. That is inevitable. People are not to be blamed when they doubt the intentions and motives of the candidates. Sometimes the candidates showcase so much about their good deeds. Some of them may think bragging about their supposed good deeds can turn the people on. Well, I don’t think so.

The ongoing campaign period leaves us, particularly the masses, confused. But we have to carefully study the list of the candidates, their backgrounds, and their platforms of governance.

It’s funny these candidates do all the things they never did or do not want to do but are forced to for the sake of warming the hearts of the public. Some make promises while others showcase their talents, as if these will be the gauge of their leadership.

I hate to think that they want to appear perfect. But every time they sugarcoat their words, I prove myself correct. I know that not all politicians are bad but I can’t help myself from observing that as they put so much effort in making a name for themselves, they also show the people their negative side. The people are not dumb or stupid, in as much as they are not numb not to feel that they are being deceived.

As I hear these politicians brag about their accomplishments, I realize the truth of another Bible principle, “Do not to let your right hand know what your left hand is doing.” It is quite ironic how these politicians handle and conduct themselves.

The good thing is that not all politicians are like that, I hope. Some really are kind and are devoted in helping others. The sad thing is they do not succeed in making their service perfect. They also know the fact that they can’t correct all the injustices in the country.

At some point, they probably can but not absolutely. No matter how much they want to, they can’t because they are not God.

They say that votes are really important. My single vote is important. It can make a difference between the candidate’s winning and losing. It matters a lot on how the society’s welfare will be ensured.

I don’t want to gamble. How can I even vote for someone I don’t know? Why should I even trust someone who is imperfect like me? How can I even put my life and my welfare in the hands of someone who hides his weaknesses but showcases a lot on his strengths? That’s hypocrisy. That is disappointing.

Candidates, at first, do all they can to impress the people but in the end, they depress them with their actions or inactions.

Often, candidates try to embarrass each other. They even go to the extent of killing each other. They say they respect the people but they can’t even respect each other. How can they say so?

You can’t blame me for being so judgmental. I don’t want to trust anyone I don’t know. I don’t want to give a chance to someone who tries to hide his true color. In the end, I don’t want to be disappointed.

After all, I don’t think I can be wise in choosing the right politician to make my life better. I have come to realize that the only person who can make life better is not in the list of candidates but myself, by the grace of God. All I can pray now, is to “Let His kingdom come on Earth, as it is in heaven.”

That kingdom, I’m sure, is perfect. As of now, I’m choosing to stay on neutral grounds. I don’t want to gamble with my future and my welfare. I don’t want to be disappointed in the end. At least whatever happens, I won’t blame myself for any disappointment caused by politics. That is so far the wisest choice I came up with.
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