The government is the most important and powerful institution that currently exists in our world. They move and control millions and millions of people every single day. Does anyone ever stop to wonder why only a few people control so much of our lives? There are billions of people on earth and yet only a select few seem to be able to make real change happen. I’m here to tell you though that that is only an illusion. The real power lies with the majority just like it has for all of history.
“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
We need to start by asking ourselves, “Why does government exist?” Some might say that governments are there to create rules. To impose limits on us so that we don’t go and start hurting ourselves or others. To create order in an otherwise chaotic world. Some would say they were formed to protect from outside sources. In case of invaders or natural disasters, humans learned they are much stronger together than alone. Whatever the case, these all lead back to one thing. Governments are created for the people, not the individual in charge. It is the solemn duty of a government to provide for the happiness and welfare of its citizens.
Yet, all too often I feel that we are forgetting that fact. Governments have been around for so long we have begun to take them for granted. We are raised under their rules and often die under them too. Consequently, when the government does something we don’t agree with, we just go “dang, that sucks, well what can you do?” Then they give up and move on with their lives, just blindly accepting what happens. We need to remember something before its too late. Our governments are created in order to protect our rights, freedoms, and happiness. If we don’t like what is happening, then we have every right to be upset. We give up freedoms so that they can accomplish certain objectives that are made to further our happiness. Yet, what kind of government would it be, if they took our freedoms and still made us suffer after?
That, my friends, is no government at all, its just tyranny. The good news is that we don’t need to live under such oppression if we truly want it either. Remember, the ones in charge aren’t even one percent of the population. Frankly, they don’t stand a chance against millions of civilians no matter how much they try. The only thing keeping some dictatorships in power is the fact they have a military on their side. However, the military is made of people just like us and they can be just as upset about how things are run as well. Just take any military coup in the history of the world as examples. We just need to play smart and think about the future we want to see.
However, we need to understand that just because the government makes a small misstep, doesn’t mean a call to arms though. The government is just as human as we are and like us, they make mistakes. So long as the mistake isn’t too large then it can and should be forgiven. So long as we believe the state has our best interests at heart, there is nothing to fear. Be careful though, for seeing only want you want to believe is dangerous too. It’s that beautiful thing called biased thinking, where we are more likely to believe something because we want to believe it. Of course, we don’t want to believe that the government in charge of our lives doesn’t care about us. But the fact might be that they only care for their own interests though. Like always in my papers, keep an open mind and think deeper.
As an American, I’ve started to notice this inside American politics. Often, ad campaigns are run that only serve to belittle their opponents or bring them down. Instead of advertising what they want and what they can bring to the table, they just smack talk in hopes that they look like a slightly shinier piece of rust. I talked about political parties and politics already though. The point is, is that instead of focusing on what the people want and need, they are focusing only on themselves and their jobs. I think the saddest part about these ads though is that they run them because they know that they work. As humans, it seems the negative aspects of people and things stand out more than the good. It’s time we start focusing on the big picture here.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle
That’s why we need to start opening our mind to what our government means to us. Do they really have the interests of the people at heart? If they don’t, maybe we should stop and consider if we want something like that to continue. Don’t forget that we always have options. There is never only one choice, we have infinite possibilities if we can just accept them. It’s just deep down, we know that the consequences for the other choices might be too high. Maybe we should start weighing the pluses and the minuses of each option. Or considering the future that we want to see and say “Screw it!” to the negatives.
Most importantly though, we can’t let other people step over us as though we don’t matter. Because we do matter, we have a life to live and we can’t let other people push us down. Our choices are our own, if we want a government to keep oppressing us than by all means, that’s a choice you can make. However, there is also the option to rise above those limits that others set on us. A chance to make change happen in ourselves and the big world around us. People will only ever be people, none is more special than the other. After roughly 80 years we all leave this world the same way. Life is what you make of it, find your goals and dreams and don’t ever let something stop you from achieving them.
This message was brought to you by me, the person currently pursuing said dreams. I always feel like I start these question essays then delve into some big tangent on being yourself, which is certainly important. I want us all to focus on the main question asked in this essay. What role should our governments play in our lives? Are we ok with the way they are representing us, the people? If yes, then great! If no, then we need to start thinking about how we can fix it. Don’t let people trample over your values and sense of self because those are priceless.
Have a splendiferous day.