It takes a certain kind of strength to wield power and keep it under control without the power overwhelming you. And that I believe, includes financial stability. Being in a position of power means you become the new bestie of the moguls in town because they would need a favor or two. If you’re not comfortable financially, you can’t refuse the money being flashed before your eyes forever. You can only hold on to your integrity for some time. One would definitely succumb at a point.
Some enter into politics because of genuine concern for the people and a strong desire to make the world a better place. But if movies and TV dramas have taught me anything, politics is a game-could be cards or chess or whatever you’d like to call it. Those of us out of the arena can cook up our conspiracy theories all we want but those in the game get to know the rules and decide how to bend them in their favor.
Having power comes with societal expectations about how you should live. If you’re poor, you would feel like square peg in a round hole. This opens the door for corruption-a canker plaguing a lot of African governments.
On the other hand, I don’t think you necessarily require political power in order to effect a change in society. Most people changing the world are nowhere near politics. But money counts. The cost of a lavish party or wedding could cater for the needs of hungry and sick children somewhere. We shouldn’t expect the government to take care of every challenge we face in our communities when capable individuals with the resources can chip in.
I’ve never aimed for a political career of any sort probably because of the weight of responsibility that comes with it and the countless compromises one has to make to keep things at bay. Being in politics means being paid by the taxpayer thus your life is under the microscope and anyone at all can say anything because he contributes to your paycheck in one way or the other.
But if you’re rich on your own, you are free from such scrutiny and you can choose to help society anyhow you want without having to pull any power strings or kill your conscience in the process.
No politics for me, please!
What about you? Would you love to be in politics with humble income or a well-to-do citizen? Kindly share your thoughts and thanks for reading!
© Josephine Amoako 2017