Running a nation is easy. Just ask your barber.
These few thoughts popped up in my mind when I was watching a debate on national television this evening about the raging something in India. The reason I say something is because nobody knows what the biggest reason is that they are fighting for.
As far as I could ascertain, the main reason was that the peoples’ money was stolen which actually made it seemed like they cared. And then somebody else thought it fit to butt in: innocent men, women and children were lathi-charged. That has become a cliche; far too cliched a statement to tolerate for my own small part. Yet another argument circled around the probability that some ffigureheads were leading India to anarchy. And, parenthetically, came the argument that this was indeed the fall of democracy.
But democracy falls when it has first stood up. Perhaps it was the joy of having gained freedom that gave leaders that impression, or perhaps those who really understood were shot thrice in the chest at close-range.
Whatever the reason, in my own opinion, leaders nowadays are a waste of my time because they use the media as the announcers of their personal beliefs.
My own stress on the proper use of english language is not unknown to the people around me. I think, therefore, that when one is talking in public, he has a certain standard to maintain and certain responsibilities to be conscious of.
The foremost of these (and I will not waste time by examining any more of them) is the proper use of adjectives. I think the public speak which is most ideal insofar as an honest opinion is concerned is one that has an almost complete drought of adjectives.
The adjective is the result of a conspiracy between the grammarian and the devil to alter people’s minds. And it has become the politician’s tool to run the nation. And when the nation is filled with a majority of frail minds, the work becomes that much easier. He need not even bother sharpening his tool after a certain point.
The true, even if idealistic, approach to this would be short, brief sentences that hit the nail on the head. This introduces substance and almost automatically slams aside the frightening use of adjectives.
What we need is substance, not adjectives. Not drama, certainly not melodrama.
So, for the senior lawyer who saw fit to call the ruling party a lot of thugs, it is wise advice from my part to learn the meaning of the word discretion as quickly as you humanely can.