Sunday, 2 October 2011

Failing Systems and Leaders

Despite the consequences of operating under a corrupt systems, the leaders seem to revert to that system as those consequences fade. I am thinking of the economic recession that we are trying to recover from and how the leaders and many people seem to be pushing back against the changes that are necessary. Supposedly, there will be reform to the banking sector but it is clear that any change will take years to implement if implemented at all.

But even more in the line retaining the status quo is the continued arguments over taxing the wealthy and giving the wealthy room to exploit the poor. The argument is that the wealthy create jobs so should not be restricted in their activity to generate more wealth. The evidence is that business practice will discard the worker in order to maximise the profit for the owners.

Sawyer (1986) commenting on Isaiah 56:9 – 57:13 says that the prophet is rejecting the 'Establishment' and is discriminating “in favour of the poor, the foreigners and the outcasts” (p 163). Any rejection of the current leadership of the UK or the US may also be seen as similar discrimination. But as I look at nations that have just overthrown their leadership, I see them installing leaders who in the past have been part of the overthrown leadership. I do not see change coming through those overthrows but just a change in those who wield the power. There may be a reduction in violence against opposing voices but the heart of the corrupt system remains. The new leadership returns to the ways of the old leadership, Change has not occurred. The prophets voice will again rise in protest focusing on the exploitation that continues to occur.

Reference

Sawyer, J. F. A. (1986). Isaiah (Vol. 2). Edinburgh: The Saint Andrew Press.

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