In the past article, in the last paragraph I wrote that the people have the government that emulates them, substituting the word “deserves” for “emulates” and I would like to make this phrase the maxim of this series, of, insofar, two articles with this one, with one objective, to differentiate the theoretical part and the reality part, this means, what happens in the real world, but, how can one word give this differentiation if one has nothing to do with the other? The answer is simple because if we say: “deserve”, we are giving an ethical statement and, therefore, it becomes part of a moral judgment, which is a theoretical procedure, for we have to understand many other things than just what is being stated; so, we are philosophizing over what is “to deserve”, and if we already say that we “deserve”, we are immediately apologizing any actions the government, and its actors, may do. “Emulate”, on the other hand, is simply describing what is happening, we are treating a situation not from a moralistic stand but from a merely objective, descriptive lens, we are looking at the situation only, not judging it, for that comes next, but before we can start giving a theoretical exposition of this issue, which is what we did on the first article before getting into a judgment and a definite “should” according to our point of view, we do now the same, first by exposing what we ourselves accepted as what is and now what should be.

With this said, I have an example for what we are now going to talk: how the government should behave when no one cares, but as last tome a preface to our statement “no one”, of course someone will care otherwise this article wouldn’t exist, and neither would the reader as a reader of this article, so when we mean “no one”, of course is an egoistic point of view for saying that we feel like no one cares, but as we already explained, someone does, but now we have a more intense statement that can fairly capture what we are trying to express.

So, now that that is clear, the example we talked about before: when a teacher decides to be a teacher, should he/she not try his/her best to be the best teacher he/she can be and what his/her students deserve? The answer comes as an obvious one: “yes he/she should”, yet, there are teachers who are bad in the way they give classes, in the way they treat their students, and in many others, and a question arises: why? But we must leave this question for later, the question we should be asking is: should there be anyone to demand the teacher to become better? And if the answer is positive, then, we get a follow up question: why should there be? Isn’t it supposed to be that the teacher should not necessitate any type of pressure so he/she performs to his/her best of his/her capacities and abilities if he/she has already chosen the work that he/she desired to do?

So first we have to tackle the second question, and then go back from it: should there be anyone to demand the teacher to become the best? But maybe the “best” is the wrong word, but just do a proper work, for becoming the best demands much more than desire of being a teacher, more than just doing the work, but with this I have deviated from the topic to something else that, of course, will have to be answered, but in another article. Now we are only left with the question as it is, remembering that it could be better elaborated, but it does not achieve anything in this political context if we extend on this, as far as we understand what we are trying to communicate is enough for now, but of course (getting back to the question) we are definitely not talking about a teacher, but a government official, not to be confused with a politician, for the former has to work to perform a job, while the latter is aiming to get the job, but this government official cannot be compared in its totality with a teacher, mainly because the teacher was not, first of all, elected to become a teacher, and second of all, he/she does not represent the symbolic gathering of people’s frame of mind (which, by the way, the government official can fail to follow, but again, another topic for another article), but in the small part where the official and the teacher can be compared is in which they both decide to become one (in this case, for not all teachers decide to become teachers, but all elected government officials do). But if they decide it, should they not perform their duties to their best of their capabilities and abilities? Yes, they should, as we have already answered, so, if they should, what need would there be to have someone looking over their shoulders to not fail their duty, even if out of the 100% that should vote, only the 1% voted, and they got the majority of the total voters (this is an exaggerated example for the legitimacy, validity and sovereignty of the estate under this conditions wouldn’t hold)? There should be no need, for just because the majority of people don’t care, doesn’t mean that the duty of an elected government official has to change, or has less moral weight, for he/she has decided to be part of the government that ought to defend the people’s rights, and the only time their abilities should be questioned is when two or more doctrines of solving an issue collide with the other, that is why other parties besides that one exist.

So, when people say that we have to demand our government officials to perform with clarity and correctly their obligations to us, we must remind them that the same way we decided to be teachers, or any other job for that matter, we will perform the best we can because: a) we desire to do what we do the best way possible, for that is what we owe to the people who decided to hire our services (this also includes any goods, this is also another topic for another day); b) we owe it to the people who hired us (elected us) by telling them that we would do our best; and c) to not get fired (although this has also failed to be our way of not agreeing with the performance of those who pursue an electoral sit). For it is our moral duty that when no one is demanding the best of us, we must be the ones to demand that to ourselves.

The last article is in the sources.

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