e. e. cummings has said: “A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.”
And that is true: the politician is not yet man – barbarous. The desire to dominate others is ugly; it is violence, pure violence and nothing else. To reduce people to slaves is the greatest violence possible. And that is the desire of every politician: to dominate, to dominate absolutely.
Once a politician is in power, he becomes a totalitarian, he becomes dictatorial. He talks about democracy, but behind the democracy is dictatorship. It is always so. When the politician is not in power he is democratic; when he is in power all democracy disappears. It remains a mask, and all kinds of ugly desires start coming to the surface.
Politicians are stupid, and people allow them because people are stupid. Spread intelligence into people, spread thinking into people. Make people more aware of what is happening to their life – it is their life, and they have to do something about it.
A politician had to stop his car right in front of a mental institution, because it broke down. For a very long time he fiddled around with it, trying this and that, but he couldn’t get his car to work. When he was ready to give up, a man came out from the hospital, took a look at what he was doing, and then just moved one screw, and the car started.
The politician was quite surprised. “I thought you were mad,” he said.
“Yes, of course I am mad,” answered the other. “But I am not stupid!”
Politician: Tell me, how do you know when a person is insane?
Psychiatrist: Well, firstly I ask them questions that an average person can answer easily. For example: If Captain Cook made five trips around the world and was killed on one of them, which one was it?
Politician: Er… well…. Couldn’t you ask me a question on another subject? I’m not very good at history.
I’m not saying they are stupid – they are. I’m simply stating a fact. And my fact is so simple, you can find millions of proofs for it on your own. I need not give you proofs, the whole history is a proof. Every day newspapers bring thousands of proofs. The state of the world, this hell that we are living in, is the proof.
Osho, Philosophia Perennis Vol 2, Ch 10, Q 6 (excerpt)