The week that has just passed must have been an impactful one for most of us here in Malaysia! Changes always bring hope but underlying that there are also uncertainties, distrust, worries and fears. I thought it would be interesting to look at the whole episode from the level of the mind!
Before we even get to the aftermath of GE14 (14th General Election), did you notice what state of mind you voted with? There’s a big difference if one voted to “get rid of a rotten government” or “to punish those who have stolen from our country” compared to one voting “for the love of our country and our children’s future”. Can you see the difference in mind states with these different motivations?
These differences in mind states would continue to have an impact on how the results of the elections are now perceived and even one’s reaction or course of action in this new Malaysia post GE14. One spectrum of minds might be joyful, forgiving and have many ideas on how to rebuild Malaysia into a better country. At the other end, there will be those who might be cynical, cautious and critical. The politicians themselves are not spared from the universal nature of the minds – for example, would it be easy for an ex-opposition politician who has been criticizing the policies of the government for years to change his whole mindset overnight now that he is in the driver's seat and have to co-operate with fellow politicians with different ideologies to come up with good policies for the betterment of the people?
With the euphoria from the victory come high expectations of the new government and country, often unnoticed. This already gave rise to a pitfall waiting to happen in the form of great disappointment when the new government fails to deliver to the degree expected by the people. Yet, the new government has inherited a set of conditions which are beyond its control and can only do its best with its given resources, people and circumstances. Are those high expectations then based on the realities of what is happening in the country and what can really be done? Do those expectations come from a rational or wise mind?
The happenings “out there” in our country, are more real to most of us than our mind and its response to the happenings. Yet, it is actually our minds which will determine whether we will make a positive contribution to a new Malaysia or whether we will continue to take a back seat and criticize the new government at every opportunity available.
A wise government will be able to see clearly what Malaysia and its people really need right now and in the future and come up with policies and reforms which will have a lasting positive, inclusive and empowering impact on all of the people of this country.
A wise citizen will know his place in this country and do his best to contribute positively to its betterment and to refrain from doing things which will be harmful to the country. And this starts with himself first and how he lives his life, relates to or treats his spouse, parents, children, neighbor, staff, colleagues, boss or customers and then to things like whether he will bribe the policeman the next time he speeds, watch another pirated video or do “creative” things to reduce the taxes he has to pay!
Most of us cannot tell the difference between the different kinds of minds because we were never given the opportunity to learn about the mind and its workings. We also do not understand the natural consequences or results of having/promoting these kinds of minds. The result is that these states of mind are actually “ruling” us without our even realizing it except for occasionally wondering why we seem to be suffering or feeling unhappy or dissatisfied. We may not even notice these underlying unhappiness or dissatisfaction if we did not carefully notice our real motivations for running away for holidays at every opportunity!
A wise mind can only come with understanding the workings of the mind in the first place. So, taking care of your own mind by learning about it and understanding it, is the first thing you can do to contribute to a “wise new Malaysia”!
So come and join us at WISE with the many programs designed to kick start your wisdom journey. Coming from one who has had the good grace to walk this beautiful journey a number of years, a wise mind is indeed the most precious gift you can give to yourself, your family, your society and your country.