King Solomon ~ “There is an evil I have seen under the sun, Kings and rulers make grave mistakes when they give great authority to foolish people and low positions to people of proven worth”.
I can understand parts of the world where autocratic rule and nepotism becomes the burden of the state. I can’t understand how free states with the democratic power to determine our own destiny gets derailed; unless we the people blindly let them have too much power.
The key question to the wisdom from Solomon should be, Who has the authority to do what?
Another version of the same proverb ~ I have seen servants riding on horseback like and princes, and princes walking like servants.
Whenever I represent a not for profit organisation or the business community to local government, the sheer effort is exhausting. I don’t blame local government, I blame us, we have given them way too much power, a power they haven’t earned. The problem we have now, they aren’t willing to let go of such intoxicating authority.
If local businesses operated in the same fashion as local government, they’d be investigated on the grounds of practicing unconscionable business practices likened to a cartel.
Why does local government act like the cartel of landlords?, because they are. Rather than be the administrators of a city creating greater opportunity and traffic flow for businesses and community groups to flourish, they compete with us.
Only a Cartel and Local government has the power to increase the price of their services automatically (Rates) and we the people have no say in it. We can’t go to another competitive provider, we can’t stop the service, we simply must yield to foolish servants acting like princes.
The role of local government is to create the best administrative services with minimal disruption. This then allows the true princes and princesses of the world who create the social wealth and financial stability to build wholesome and prosperous cities.
I’m confident in the democratic process only if we the people show an interest in it and participate in some way, shape or form. We are a multicultural nation built on the shoulders of small business and social consciousness. We are far from perfect and as long as we the people have a say, we truly do have the power to make a difference.
While I’m wildly independent, I’m also passionate about community and business engagement. Join your local chamber of commerce or not for profit and participate your democratic right to make a difference.
Disclaimer: I have no issue with any public servant, I have issue with a dysfunctional system that burdens both the public and the private sector.