Someone said that government was a necessary evil. I's necessary because someone has to call the final shot in any country for people will continue to quarrel, disagree with each other, call each other unfair (as if only the caller is fair in this world) and continue to feel frustrated and unhappy when things don't go their way. Even their attitude towards God is the same. When it rains continuously they blame God for causing the floods and the landslides. When it's always bright and shiny, they blame God for causing everything to dry up and shrivel, sometimes in the equator, making them feel like living in an oven. When God keeps changing and alternating rain and shine, they say the weather is crazy, or God is crazy, if they are religious enough not to swear and curse.
The al-Quran admits that human beings will never be happy except those who submit themselves to the will of God. When God makes them wealthy they will say that God has been kind to them, ie if they are religious; otherwise they will claim that the wealth was the result of their own resourcefulness and efforts. But when they fall into bad times they say that God was unkind and unfair to them. Again it's always God that is wrong when things go against their favor.
With such a realization , the quarrels and altercations between people in a country and the government, especially between opposing political parties, do not appear significant at all. Disagreement among people, opposing views and conflicts, even fighting things out, are just ways of trying to arrive at the truth, ways of keeping up the balance between truth and falsehood, between earnestness and pretenses, sincerity and deceit. The truth will emerge ultimately. Only at what cost in term of human sufferings and deprivation, misery and despondency. Only when the quarrels, altercations and wrangling in the government affect the people negatively, will they be considered as unproductive, harmful and destructive. Otherwise it can force a soul-searching exercise among the people and even open the door to new insights, creativity and innovation.
So do we just accept the quarrels, the wrangling and the fights in the government and all around us without doing anything about them? Of course not. The age-old advice has been: if you can't stop them join them. It's this advice or suggestion which seems to split and tear society apart. Perhaps Malaysians should now be more reluctant of being drawn into the quarrels and altercations, especially when they are of a political nature. It's the support that we give to the wrangling parties which fans and fuels the quarrels. I wonder what will happen if we withdraw the support and choose to watch the combatants heck each other to death like what the Romans did at the gladiators' stadium? Or otherwise watch the struggle like the bullfight in Mexico and Spain. Just enjoy the show and have your money's worth of fun, until the weaker combatants fall down.
But that's like endorsing the theory of the survival of the fittest. The stronger party wins irrespective of being in the right or wrong. Can one arrive at the real truth without the quarrels, the altercations, the wrangling and the fight to the death? If the super powers of the world practice this approach to maintain world order must the smaller nations like Malaysia follow suit?
Maybe Tun Dr Mahathir, Kassim Ahmad, Prof. Pak Engku, Dr.Syed Naquib and other thinkers not involved in the political dogfight can provide an answer. The political leaders are too involved in the quarrels to be able to give a non-biased view.