POLITICAL WISDOM

POLITICAL WISDOM

by Dato Armand Azha Hj Abu Hanifah 

We want our leaders to exercise political wisdom. At least, we do if we think about it. Does anybody really desire unwise leaders? But what do we mean by political wisdom? What virtues and values does a wise leader possess?

The Greek philosopher believed that political wisdom was one type of practical wisdom (phronesis) or prudence and that the goal of politics should be the happiness or wellbeing (eudaimonia) of society, what we might label the common good.

Realism and Idealism :

If presidents wish to deal with problems realistically and effectively, they must acknowledge the truth of their existence

Compassion and Empathy :

Are admirable and praiseworthy personal and social values, but they are generally destructive and immoral political values

Humility,Tolerance and Compromise :

Closely connected to humility is tolerance. Know-it-alls tend to be intolerant, while those willing to admit their own limitations are more likely to tolerate those of others and be open to their views. If one is humble and tolerant, one is also more willing to compromise

Humor and Creativity :

Are stated that “humor” is a proof of the capacity of the self to gain a vantage point from which it is able to look at itself. The sense of humor is thus a by-product of self-transcendence. They are able to ‘stand off’ from themselves, see themselves in perspective, and recognize the ludicrous and absurd aspects of their pretensions , also indicated another way that humor might be helpful to politicians

Temperance and Self-discipline :

Aristotle believed that temperance (or moderation) and self-discipline should help us regulate “the appetitive faculty,” which deals with our emotions and desires: “The appetitive element in a temperate man should harmonize with the rational principle,” for “the temperate man craves for the things he ought, as he ought ... and when he ought.” Temperance was central because of his doctrine of "the mean," according to which moral virtues should achieve the mean between vices, for example, courage being the mean between rashness and cowardliness.

Passion and Courage :

In his century-old essay “Politics as a Vocation,” Max Weber ​listed passion as one of the “three pre-eminent qualities ... decisive for the politician.” He wrote, “devotion to politics, if it is not to be frivolous intellectual play but rather genuinely human conduct, can be born and nourished from passion alone.” He was thinking of passion in the sense of passion for a cause like justice or freedom, but he thought this passion had to be balanced with the two other pre-eminent qualities: “a feeling of responsibility, and a sense of proportion.”

Aristotle perceived a connection between passion and courage. He thought that often “brave men also are passionate” and “act for honour’s sake, but passion aids them.” But “courage” aided by passion can only be true courage “if choice and motive be added

The Necessity of Judicious Balancing :

In “On Political Judgment,” Isaiah Berlin begins by asking: “What is it to have good judgment in politics? What is it to be politically wise, or gifted, to be a political genius, or even to be no more than politically competent, to know how to get things done?” Part of the answer was judiciously balancing values. As one perceptive account of his thinking put it.

As new political leaders in UMNO, I trust that the party needs POLITICAL WISDOM to wins back the trust and support from the Rakyat.

UMNO needs the seniors leadership and the up coming leadership to work together as part of UMNO political reforms to go way forward.

Leadership In A Political Framework :

Political leaders are vitally important – through the authority of government, they assess the distribution of power and resources, build relationships with other stakeholders and make decisions that can have great impact on the well-being of a nation and its people.
Leadership in the political framework requires a focus on the long-term good of a country, above and ahead of any personal short-term gains.

Good political leadership requires a combination of charisma and integrity, as well as the ability to assess a situation and make a decision based on what would be best for the greatest number of people. Most of all, leadership in a political framework requires ‘statesmanship’ – as opposed to just being a ‘politician’ – this means having the integrity and willingness to stand up for what is right

Its time for UMNO to rise, old blood and new blood work as one.


DAA
Ketua UMNO Bahagian Subang
25th May 2019
10am

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