While it is easy to be a critic these days, I want to praise some people that I really admire. I think they are worth admiring in my “Hall of Fame” simply bevause they give most to society.
Teachers, who despite being burdened by bureaucracy and petty rules, remain passionate about teaching children and developing their social skills, I admire the teachers who, despite being disrespected and subjected to unfair scrutiny by those unqualified to judge, remain determinedly true to their vocation.
I admire Entrepreneurs who cast off the safety net of their ‘good jobs’ and ’reasonable income’, in a quest to create something new. I admire their determination and willingness to work long hours to develop their projects, whilst struggling to comply with the demands of VAT accounting and other governmental bureaucracy. They must struggle for each and every order and receive no backing from the banks, whose modus operandi is to lend money to those who have no need for it.
I admire Scout leaders who give their precious time to participate, week after week, in activities involving other people’s children. I admire their patience, tolerance and respect for the parents of those small scouts; they often forget that the Scout leaders receive no payment for the time and energy devoted to developing leadership qualities in their children. Indeed, some parents believe they can make the same demands on unpaid volunteer Scout leaders as on the teachers at their children’s schools.
I admire the sons and daughters who, despite leading busy lives of their own, make time to care for their elderly parents in hospitals and nursing homes.
I admire craftsmen, who take pride in doing a proper job and who strive to keep the professional bar high. I also admire developers who have the ambition to create homes and offices that are not just great today, but which will still be significant in fifty or a hundred year’s time.
I admire politicians, who dare to be themselves and speak from their heart, even if the cost is losing votes.
What do these people I admire have in common?
- They are passionate about what they do.
- They cannot be tempted by the lure of quick fixes or fast money.
- They are genuine.
Therefore, they are worthy both of recognition and reward. Similarly, there are some, who fall into my ‘hell of fame’ and they are:
Politicians, who compromise on their principles and election promises in order to gain re-election. These politicians, I detest, because they cheat the voters and undermine the nature and future of democracy.
Bosses, who think first and foremost of themselves, their bonus schemes, career moves and golden handshakes, instead of the employees and the businesses they are entrusted to lead. To lead is to serve the greater whole, rather than just oneself.
The journalist, who is willing to write or say anything to increase his/her readership or number of viewers or listeners. It sickens me when I encounter journalists, who impose moral or ethical demands on their ’victims’, which they, themselves, are so clearly lacking.
Trade unions or employers associations who, at the expense of the whole of society, cling to outmoded labour systems (the so-called Danish model), as the power base from where to further their own interests. Selfishness is wrong. Group selfishness is even worse.
Desk clerks, like popes, sitting high on their pedestals. I detest civil servants, public officers and police alike, for abusing the power invested in them by their jobs to annoy the citizens and businesses that pay their salaries.
And what do they have in common?
- They all represent outdated systems and power structures, which are in sore need of revitalisation.
- They cling on to their privileges, becoming ever more corrupt.
- They display arrogance to the very people they are duty-bound to serve.
To which group do you belong?
(Original Danish version published in Jylland Posten)