Politics and religion are very similar. Both require faith and trust and are very vulnerable to corruption. Their idealism may draw dreamers and doers but also provides a pulpit for true believers and too often a workplace for miscreants, con men and connivers. The pure of heart realize that political correctness is often the land of half-truths and that halos on this side of sanctity are ephemeral at best.
The problem is about the power given to and assumed by those professions. Its abuse is practically predictable because of the human factor. But being human offers no excuse for taking advantage of one’s office or title. Power at its best is when it is shared, inclusive and considers the common good well before personal gain.
Most believe such professions attract individuals who envision a better world or who offer a meaning to life with what they believe and try to share. And the greater number in both professions as well as other careers do just that. Unfortunately, the aura of political and religious life also provides a hiding place for those with ulterior motives.
The worst part of their abuse of power is the ripple effect that creates mistrust in the mass mind, tarnishing the genuine professionals who manage the power of their positions with integrity and compassion. So called fake news comes up well short of the damage fraudulent politicians and faith shysters leave behind.
One’s politics and faith are deeply personal, requiring constant care, open-mindedness and honest questioning. Both especially require an awareness of and ability to sort through what is going on.
These days especially, truth needs to be more than just a word. Truth and, more than ever, the search for it needs to be a way of life.