At the wake of the very controversial pork barrel scam, there have been a flood of reactions and exposes that can be found in different websites and blogs (I’m taking the liberty to direct you to a blog that is filled with very engaging comments about this issue. Click here).
On a somewhat different note away from the activism being thrown all around, I was left thinking about this issue: how can people stomach practicing downright avarice, greed, and lust for money amidst the existence of world’s pressing social problems? Is the concept of conscience dead already?
One thought that keeps on reoccurring in my mind is the glorification of a king’s lifestyle, from way back the time when monarchy and slavery were the dominant system of this planet.
Looking at this vantage view, who would not want to be kings and queens? Who would not want living an extravagant life? Who would not want to live in a world where you’re the protagonist and all the other persons’ sole purpose is to make your life greater at their expense?
This can be seen by the continuous patronage of media to the lifestyle of stars, “living the life”, as they would show. At this point, I am not anymore certain whether it is the fault of the viewers for wanting to view programs featuring lavish lifestyles; or the fault of media for continuously feeding this to the masses.
Perhaps, our society has been glorifying the lavish lifestyle of kings too much.
But is it not time to rethink our purpose?
Should we imitate and emulate a lifestyle of kings, why not trying to live the life of the Christian King? No, I am not talking about living a life of religious hypocrisy; I am talking about what the Christian faith stands for in essence – servant leadership.
Maybe all these are happening so that people may begin to go back to what is really more important. Yes, money is power. Yes, money can almost buy every material thing in life.
But money can never be an enough price to pay for fulfilling a benevolent dream capable of self-actualization.
Money alone cannot realize our Personal Legends.
And most of all, the kings we remember are not the ones who were the richest in money. We remember those who made our lives richer through lessons and leadership by example.
Please, let us stop glorifying the lavish lifestyle of Kings of the Material. What we should glorify is the humble lifestyle of the King who made a positive, memorable difference to our world.