False Prophetsby Morrel Shilenge / 07.03.2014
With elections around the corner, politics is taking centre stage. Messages of false hope offering a bright future are uttered, misleading people and drawing them to the polls on false pretenses. A month or a week later, the false prophets vanish… and wait until another election comes.
Voters are lured in by promises of housing, land and jobs in rallying parties’ manifestos. These promises are broken after the elections. We all know that the motive of a hardcore politician is strictly self-gain and not service. Yes, there are a few exemptions to this statement.
Karl Marx’s celebrated dictum reads: “Religion is the opium of the people.” That was 170 years ago and now our society is largely secular, but the people still need their opium.
In my opinion, politics has become one of the new opiums of the people, and it’s controlled by the politicians. This opium of the new world is a useful tool to keep the masses supine.
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