by Kenneth Justice
~Unless you’ve been living in a media-free zone for the past two days (and I’m very jealous of you!) then by now you have heard that the United States Government is shutdown.
I’m not really annoyed by this government shutdown because if you ask me; it seems like business-as-usual in Washington, D.C. The government has become so inept at accomplishing anything positive for the citizens of my country that I’ve long ago given up any hope that our elected politicians actually care about their constituents.
What really bothers me;
—-) Conservative radio & television are making the Democrats out to be evil
—-) Liberal radio and television are making the Republicans out to be evil
Politics in the United States has always been like this; one side says “its the other guy’s fault” and the other side says, “no its not, its your fault!”
No matter what country you live or reside in; politics effects your life. Whether you like it or not, politics is the avenue with which we build roads, bring water to our homes, and operate the day-to-day necessary components of living in a society of people.
But I’m fed up with politicians. I’m fed up with this lie that “its the other political party’s fault!” —-> let’s be honest; that is a damn lie.
Everyone in Washington, D.C. is at fault. Why? Because neither political party is acting like they are public servants. And that is what this article is about; being a servant.
We elect men and women to office and ask them to serve the public……but we need to ask ourselves?
Should public servants receive salaries and benefits that are as much as 10 times the salary and benefits of the people they are serving???
We have lost our perspective on what the true meaning of serving others is and we’ve ignored what it truly means to be a public servant. Gandhi taught that men and women who aspire to be public servants should not accept any income beyond what they need to live on…..he believed public servants should hold to a higher calling and should not live in palatial estates and mansions.
I agree with Gandhi 100%
I have been very critical in my blog of Christian pastors, ministers, priests and leaders who are not living out a sacrificial life; I’ve been critical of Christian leaders who would rather spend their time studying and preaching….rather than getting their hands dirty and spending their entire life working in the trenches with the poor and needy.
But religious ministers are not the only public servants……
What about doctors? I would be ashamed to call myself a doctor and be earning hundreds of thousands of dollars (some surgeons earn millions). If you believe your calling is to serve people through being a doctor or nurse of some sort……than I believe that is a high calling and you should only be in it for the ministry of helping others….not for the money.
This whole healthcare debacle in the United States is a joke.
It’s a joke because we wouldn’t even need healthcare insurance if Medical Doctors and Hospitals were only in the business of helping people; just like the life that Gandhi exemplified; doctors should tell a patient (no matter how costly the surgery) “pay only what you can afford” And if all the patient can afford is $10 for open-heart-surgery….then so be it!
Don’t become a public servant if you’re not willing to serve others!
Do you see how this is neither a liberal or conservative issue? This is about holding public servants to a higher degree of accountability and calling.
The MAIN reason I left the rehab clinic where I was working all of last year as a counselor is because I felt the principles at work among the various coworkers were unethical; they were in it for the paycheck
—-) While I was working pro-bono for the entire year (even though I was offered two paying jobs as a therapist) the other counselors and therapists wouldn’t even dream of working for the clients for free
—-) Two people who I considered to be ‘friends’ tried to pretend that they were in the social work business to help people…..yet if they hadn’t of been receiving a paycheck they would have been out of their quicker than you can say ‘cash in the bank’.
—) Social Workers
You can disagree with me all you want….but I believe those ‘profession’s should be viewed as public servants; and I don’t believe you should go into those professions if you need to earn X amount of dollars. You should only take what people offer. And if you can’t live a life based on what people are able to give you….then DON”T BECOME A PUBLIC A SERVANT!!!
We have turned being a public servant into being a career….and that is where we messed up in Western Society. Remember the small time doctor back in the 1800’s? The doctor who would receive milk and eggs as payment because that is all his clients could afford?
Yet in our day-and-age…..
—-) Who is driving the most expensive car; the doctors!
—-) Who is living in the most exclusive gated community; the politicians!
And if you are a social worker who makes a very little wage please don’t cry to me that ‘I only make X amount of dollars, I’m not a millionaire”……don’t cry to me because I believe you’re services should be free; you should only say to your clients; pay whatever you can.
Being a public servant SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT MAKING MONEY. And if you don’t like what I have to say…..then you clearly wouldn’t like what Gandhi had to say…and you DEFINITELY wouldn’t like to hear what Jesus had to say!
I better drink another coffee……..
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