Dr. Asangba Tzüdir
The dust may seem to have settled down from the election fervour but there are many unsettled particles that may disrupt the socio-political fabric of the society in the days ahead, and one question will continue to linger in the minds of the people – ‘Have I done the right thing?’
After all, ‘Clean Election’ slogan was not something ‘cheap.’ It carries the sweat and tears of many people. But it turned out to be a costly affair, though, for sake of surety, ‘data’ will be more revealing. For the success of any programme, there has to be a conceptual clarity of the underlying concept, the limits within which it operates, so also in consideration of the human frailty, and the weakness of the will. Yet, as humans, the question of whether ‘one’ has done the right thing will continue to linger, and life in all its ‘mysterious’ ways will provide answers.
It is never easy to do the right thing even after knowing the right thing to do. At times, it is hard to know what the right thing even is? Be it questions of moral integrity and principles or one of situational, it is important to do an action which will not give regretful thoughts or one that will bring regrets. To live in ‘bad faith’ is the worst thing to be in.
Many people have taken undeserved money in selling off one’s vote. Some even goes to the extent by way of justification that, ‘they are just giving what is rightfully ours.’ A wrong justification only stretches the arc of the moral compass nor does it end here because it is the ‘will’ that ultimately condemns one’s wrong action.
This election has seen the wolves and the sheep, and also wolves in sheep’s clothing. Ultimately, they will all return to their own homes. Even as the flock of wolves return to their justified comfort zones, there are the sheep that stood for ‘truth’ and also did the right thing within the given context. They are the ones who long to enjoy the fruits of change, though the wolves have sold off their rights as well as others rights too.
Ironically, the wolves in sheep’s clothing will either go silent or shout for ‘development.’ Also, the keyboard warriors of change have also gone silent for now. It will be interesting to see in which colour they resurface.
As the election curtain drops, a lesson in the face of clean election is about the importance of knowing and doing the right thing no matter what. And if the present state of affairs have not served as a reminder for people to act as change agents, then definitely we need to learn about the purpose of what it means to live like a human.
As for the ‘Church’ carrying the banner of ‘clean election,’ it can be said to be a missed opportunity even to the extent of partial fulfilment. The clarity of the concept called ‘clean’ and the limits within which it can operate in praxis within context was missing. Further, a diversion from ‘clean election’ towards a polarised politicking was clearly seen. Rather, in times as such, the Church and the people in it need to check the faith factor. For now, fear seems to have destroyed the faith of the Church.
The actions done today will serve as a reminder to make one look back and see whether one’s action was the right thing to do, and if not, what could have been done otherwise. Though not in the larger objective, a late realisation may be the only consolation.
(Dr. Asangba Tzudir writes a weekly guest editorial for The Morung Express. Comments can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)