We deserve better than leaders who mock our suffering

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The resorting to crude language says a lot about our leadership. It shows the lack of regard for the rest of us. When it suits them, we will be called the bosses ostensibly because of our taxes or votes.

Times are hard and our uncharitable leaders are not making things any easier. What, with the condescending stance they have taken lately and are generously dishing it – adding salt, pepper, and all manner of spices to a festering wound.

Nowadays, we are getting talked down to, and even mocked, for the suffering we are going through as a result of the higher fuel prices that are piling onto an extremely high cost of living. Our feelings over the current state of affairs are getting roundly dismissed by these same individuals as if they should not be felt in the first place.

We cannot even voice our frustrations and whine about the pinch that we are feeling at the fuel pump, at the risk of being reminded to drill our own oil wells if we cannot stomach the situation.

Remember, these are the same people that all of us are looking upon for answers regarding the situation we find ourselves in.

From their statements, they appear surprised that we are complaining, yet things are not any better in the rest of the world.

Fair point, the global macroeconomic situation is in a mess; but the impact varies depending on the living standards. This is not important, however. The thing that concerns us more at the moment is what we are going through and how this can be assuaged.

Still, even if the reality was that there was nothing within their power of our leaders to solve what is being treated as our petty issues, there must be a much better way of conveying this to us. On the rostrum, and in public, the audacious retort reeks of dismissal. Perhaps they could consider putting on an empathetic cap, and carefully choosing their words so that they will not upset an already disturbed people.

At the end of the day, hope is what all of us thrive on and we could do with more of that especially now. In these hard times, another reminder that better days are on the way is welcome.

Unfortunately, the attitude of the country’s leadership is yet another frightening reminder that we are on our own, as we have always been. Despite what they will say about empowerment, inclusive development and other such stuff, the individuals that we are relying on just seem to be as helpless as all of us ordinary mortals. Which is fine, if only they could admit with humility and some respect.

Considering that leadership is meant to be service to humanity, the fair expectation would be that whoever admits that they have no idea how to make things better or are not really interested in going down that road is to step aside.

They have no reason to continue being sustained off the public purse. The resorting to crude language says a lot about our leadership. It shows the lack of regard for the rest of us. When it suits them, we will be called the bosses ostensibly because of our taxes or votes. Yet, deep inside is nothing but disdain.

As a sage once said, people will forget words and actions, but never forget how they are made to feel. This is what these leaders need to remember.

@butunyi

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