I wonder to what extent our leaders’ behaviour is controlled by media opinion of them rather than being true to themselves? Would the President of Indonesia be so keen to kill drug traffickers in his prisons if the media weren’t there to tell the world about his behaviour, presumably in the hope of detracting traffickers? After all, ordering another human being to be killed is murder no matter what title you hold.
We have a similar but less drastic problem with our current prime minister in Australia. He constantly tries to point out, again through the media, that his team were the ones elected to rule the country. The fact that his policies, many of them not spelt out before the election, or altered since, are no longer popular with the electorate, doesn’t seem to be important yet in a democracy it should be if he wants to keep his job.
Older people grew up in times where the media was neither as big, as important or as influential as it is today. Perhaps this is a good thing in many ways. At least leaders today know that their every move is being scrutinised, not only in their own countries but across the world as well.
World opinion should matter. The opinion of the rest of the inhabitants of this planet is important both in preserving its resources and in trying to create an equitable place for all to live. We all need to be aware of our higher destiny, with those at the top having more responsibility than the rest of us through their greater influence. What we do, and the decisions we make, should be in terms of this greater good no matter what rank we hold. Neither murder nor ignoring the opinions of those we serve will fulfil this.