Saturday, May 21, 2011


More often than not, people, all around the world complain bitterly and assert the importance of their relevance to the state. However, if we are to critically look into the questions: ‘who is the government?' and ‘who are the people?', it can be said that the dynamics into the crucial nature of the asked questions are profound. Why?

Quite a number of individuals are of the view a government is an organized socio-political and economic body, consisting of people-elected persons, on-seat political representatives or to-the-throne monarchs and the general masses of a particular geographic entity. On the other hand, the people are seen as the masses that possess rights and obligations to their nations of citizenry. On the contrary, are these definitions potent enough to describe the government and people?

Believe it or not, the government, from the era of the supreme and great Babylonian empire to our present disposition, has been, is and will always be ahead of the people. How and why?

Consider this instance: You had in mind to go to a restaurant nearby, knowing the kind of food delicacy or combination to select from in the waiter's menu, expenses to be incurred and the kind of cutleries to be used. Of course, you had gotten a picture of what to do at the restaurant based on the plans you have. The cutleries have no idea of being used to get started the eating process. Should there be inconveniences observed when using the cutleries, it would be reasonable of you to request that the waiter provide you another replacement.

This analogy explains the edge of the government has over the people. By analysis, the individual, that is, you, having in mind to go to a nearby restaurant to eat can be construed as the brainwork (intent) of the government to orchestrate certain agenda_politica, economical, social and so on to be executed or passed into law. ‘Knowing the kind of food delicacy or combination to select from…' can be interpreted as government-set array of targets or goals that can be attained within the bounds of its sovereignty. The ‘cutleries' refer to the people. The ‘picture' pinpoints at the visualization of how realizable set government strategies are (analogous to the individual having in mind to eat at the restaurant). By implication, the cutleries, having no idea of being used to get started the eating process refers to the oblivion of the people towards the government's intended plans. Asking the waiter to replace the use of cutleries because of inconveniences observed means the government has the power to ‘replace' certain people who obstruct or impede the actualization of its objectives. The government is also ware of the sacrifice to be made or price to be paid to realize its goals. Hence, the phrase, ‘… expenses to be incurred…' ‘… The kind of cutleries to be used' simply refers to a set or group of individuals that will not only pose problems to governmental decisions and plans but will carry out to the letter its orchestrations. The food delicacy or combination refers to certain activities, dues, and other interests that the people are to offer; tax payment, productivity, civic duties and other domestic and professional expenses.

In all, the government is ahead of its citizens (subjects), courtesy of information advantage (similar to having in mind to eat at the restaurant and subsequent actions toward realizing it without the knowing of the cutleries!). Information advantage is originally of its own laid-down standards and appreciation of the quality of information, possessed by exceptional people in a ‘crowd' of masses by ‘specially' setting them aside to join its train of dominance thereby toting to its reservoir of ‘for-all-ages' quality information.

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict


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