By Kyaw Thura
Naturally, we are prone to holding a pessimistic view of the world, especially when we entertain a negative state of mind. A good example of this is that films about war, horror, murder and espionage reap a lot more profits than sci-fi and romance movies.
People are born honest, simple and sincere. It is the company we keep that influences our thoughts and actions. If we get into bad company, we are sure to be hand in glove with them, whereby we develop false loyalty by producing lies to cover previous lies. Thus, we tend to be stuck in a Catch-22 situation.
Similarly, in a democracy, no government comes to office on its own. We vote for our favourite candidates so that they can form a government to take charge of our wellbeing on all fronts. If we favour empty promises made by politicians during electioneering, we will no doubt end up with empty actions. As French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville put it, we get the government we deserve.
There is no point in abandoning our future to fate, which is one of our greatest weaknesses. Now is the time for all of us to have a real understanding of who we are and what we dream. It is time to draw lessons from our past mistakes. If we are not happy with our past, all we have to do is try something different today. It is no use staying stuck. It is never too late to start over.
Clearly, we must choose leaders who can inspire us with their visions for the good of the country, while leaving out those who exercise arrogance and superiority. Only then will we be able to keep ourselves safe from the Catch-22 situation.