January 22, 2013

Angry countenance

Why do most of our politicians in Maldives for the bigger part of our viewing time seem angry when they make their political or campaign speeches, declarations and claims? Being servants of the people one tends to think they must show demeanor. Why should they show their anger? It is as if they still believe that their role is leader rather than servant in a new democracy! 

One would think it is humbleness that brings our heart to the work that we do. It is certainly humbleness that transforms our worldly endeavors into prayer.  In fact every action that we do in kindness and compassion and in the manifestation of goodness and warmth is prayer. It all adds to the merit we carry away with us when we go; none of the material wealth we accumulate in this world can we carry away with us. In fact such stuff keep our ego thriving and keep us in the remit of haughtiness and arrogance. Such behavior destroys our social fabric, contrary to what we believe. Our small Maldivian community can rise to great heights of moral goodness in a hurry if only we take time to reflect and understand the folly of our behavior – that life is not about taking, it’s about giving – having the freedom to be.  This reminds me of a poem we were made to learn in grade school.

Through this toilsome world alas
Once and only once I pass
If a good deed I may do 
Or a kindness I may show 
To a suffering fellow man
Let me do it while I can 
For I shall never pass this way again

So where is anger in this scheme of things?


Anonymous said...

Servant of Allah not people.
Act of worship not prayer.
People on state wage is on a tri-party Covenant with the citizens, Allah and themselves.

Most elected positions take an oath which ends like "...Allahu gandhee huvaakura meve."

Abdul Sattar Yoosuf said...

those clarifications well taken. Guess its all the more reason for expressing modesty in our actions.