Public Gods

Public Servants are elected or appointed to a public office with the aim of providing service to the citizenry who may have elected them and who are funding both their wages and budgets. Put simply, we hire public servant to provide services for the public good and pay them by the taxes that are collected from us. Public servant therefore ultimately answer to the citizenry. The most obvious way is by listening and addressing the concerns of everyone they serve. When the citizenry gets fed up with the level of service, they remove these public servants, ultimately, by the power of their votes. Votes then go to the candidates that can present a more coherent plan that addresses the citizenry’s concerns.

If there is one thing that stymies Guyana’s growth, in my opinion, its the way our national politics are conducted. Every issue becomes a blame game instead of an opportunity to collectively decide on the best way forward. The minority government does not respect the will and decisions of the majority opposition, and hence the majority of the population who did not vote for them. Being in power too long usually has two outcomes, you run out of steam and stagnate, or you become power-drunk. Drunk to the extent that you forget to serve the public, you become the public’s master and in some cases even the public’s god.

This is evident by the fear that exists in all quarters of Guyana about possible victimization and retribution. When, for giving your opposing opinion, your livelihood is placed in jeopardy. While this is an effective tactic to silence critics, discomfort continues to grow. Those victimized, have their anger turned into deep-seated hate and the consequences can be drastic. For, once there is nothing left to loose, there is nothing left to worry about.

Where do we go from here?

We demand better, always remember, whoever is in power, the populace still pays the bill.

And for those ‘public masters and public gods, Karma will do the trick.

The definition of karma is the destiny that you earn through your actions and behavior. Or as Newton’s Third Law states ‘for every action there will be an equal reaction’. Justice is sometimes slow, but usually sure. Usually, because we do live in Guyana.

Am I angry now? YES. I am always angry at injustice. But anger can be a good thing. Take the energy that anger provides you and channel it towards creating a level playing ground where everyone is given a fair chance. Give it a try, its very liberating!

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