Cronyism: (n) the act of favoring one’s close friends, especially in political appointments.
Crook: (n) someone who cheats or swindles
Politics is a laughable tragedy.
It is a high school play debuting on Broadway.
It is a promise without a premise.
As a human being, there are two statements that must be avoided at all times—otherwise you find yourself trapped in cronyism.
Cronyism almost always leads to becoming a crook.
Those two statements are:
- “I am right”
- “I can make it right.”
There is no soul alive who is completely right.
And certainly there is no individual who, by him or herself, can make it right.
The assertion of those two thoughts—or even a hint of them—warns you of trouble.
People who believe they are right must surround themselves with those who agree with the flawed premise. Normally, this is mainly includes friends and family.
You can’t get all your information from just your friends and family. They are the ones who benefit if you end up being right. If you trust these cronies, you will gradually end up in the wrong.
Sane people listen to their critics and even their enemies—because they know these foes are not promoting them. Every once in a while, they point out the flies in the ointment which need to be removed.
They catch the hypocrisy. They proofread the statements.
If you’re only surrounded by friends and family, who join you in the assertion that you’re right, you will begin to go about your business believing that you have the power, along with your cronies, to right the world.
The world doesn’t want to be right.
The world will never be right.
The world will always be filled with tribulation.
Our defense against such turmoil is to keep a sense of good cheer, continue learning, promote growth and challenge ourselves to better paths.
Those who are encompassed by friends and family, who think they are right, believing they have been called to right the world, are always wrong.
Cronyism is a desire to promote and hire only those who approve of you, and it will always end up with you lying and cheating, becoming a crook.