The surge when motivated by the common good

Ross Gittins quotes Paul Keating, ”To do what’s right and good gives you the surge. Without the surge, what are you? You’re just mucking around with tricky press statements, appearances and ‘doorstops’.” – ”You make the political strategy around good policy rather than around trickery.”

I think this is the question that many politicians have little or no clue, or little or no courage to undertake. This is the stuff of the authentic path and the authentic life. This isn’t just for politicians but for all of us as we pursue our livelihoods and our dreams and goals.

When I meet someone who wears their monetary wealth as a status symbol I wonder to what lengths and deprivations others have been short-changed and/or demoralised so they can with arrogance and ignorance parade something that so obviously don’t deserve.

There is the situation in cultures where words that emerged and have relevance in that culture are subsumed by other cultures that do not realise the depth of meaning that the words represent. This fissure holds historical precedence as Heidegger writes of the rupture of authentic experience that occurred in Western thought during ancient times. In the rise of Ancient Rome at the expense of Ancient Greece they also absorbed words of Ancient Greek origin. In this process of translating words and concepts from Ancient Greece, they did so ‘without a corresponding, equally original experience of what they say’ [Italics in original]. In disconnecting the words from their cultural of origin and the understanding and experience that accompanied them, the Romans set in place the ‘rootlessness of Western thought’.[1] This loss of the full weight and meaning in the translation to Roman words perpetrated a lack of cohesion resulting in the undermining of cultural stability and integrity betwixt Roman thought and experience.

This scenario can be perceived in the access to wealth where the individuals themselves are disconnected from the hard work and good sense that went into the accumulation of monetary wealth, or where the ill-gotten gains of others have transferred in the acquiring of wealth. Either way they can often been seen to parade as though it was there own efforts and skill that bestowed the good fortune when sober judgement perceives that it was just luck.


[1]       Krell, David Farrell (ed.) Basic Writings: Martin Heideger, Routledge, London, p.161.

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