How often have we celebrated the downfall of tyrants and their tyrannical systems of rule? Just in these last months we have witnessed two fall from their pedestals of glory.
These triumphant moments, in many cases, have ushered in a greater sense of democracy with its accompanying liberties, welfare and law. On the other hand, they’ve also opened the door to more of the same tyranny, or even worse. The mystery is how these tyrannical despots ever came to exist in the first place.
It seems that wherever there is intense political, social and economic upheaval mixed with a poor, uneducated and inattentive majority, who believe that only a savior will solve their problems, you have all the ingredients for dictatorship. Most tyrants have taken advantage of such conditions, and the people have only realised their mistake in the sudden and mysterious disappearances in the night and in the henchmen breaking down their doors. By then it’s been too late. Their savior had taken on frightening and absolute proportion.
But isn’t it amazing how, when citizens recognise their collective power and rise up as one, as they inevitably do, and strip these instruments of torture and oppression of their their robes, their bogus uniforms, medals and sunglasses, finally exposing their cowardly measliness, they are left with the question, “Why were we so scared of him in the first place?”
Hopefully, the answer will always provide for them the first seeds of growth into democratic and civic adulthood.