Humankind has been no stranger to the superiority-complex since the dawn of man (and woman). We began with the cavemen, the chieftains, the emperors, patriarchs, kings and presidents alike, we’ve always been beings who depend on being told what and how to do things by people of power and we’re able to see it in our education system alone, where young adults are expected to have their lives together, expected to know exactly just where the wind will blow them, yet still have to ask for permission to go the bathroom.
But what happens when power gets in the wrong hands? Or what happens when those “in power” let their authority get to their heads and take things kind of, sort of, just a little bit, too far sedikit? Or let’s maybe throw in a Lion King reference here, what happens when someone tries to pull a Scar (without the murder, of course)? The number one event showing this would be the Trump-ordered 35 day United States federal government shutdown.
If we were to apply this to our own home country, which is being ranked 63 on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), and with the most recent case of corruption being two highly-ranked judicial officers, themselves being respected people of the law, facing trial on the 4th of March for embezzling millions of dollars, just how far will the 2035 vision go?
If we were to apply this to our daily lives, just how many times in a week are we treated unfairly by those we expect more from? How often is the respect that we give to others not reciprocated? How frequently are we disregarded by the people who matter?
We all need to keep in mind that wherever we are, and whatever we do, we do not live alone, we are all members of one body and we are all responsible for ourselves and each other.
“Oppression in all forms, especially from those entrusted with power and authority, cannot be tolerated and must be rooted out of the country.”
– His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.