Moving Towards South Asian Confederation

Sri Aurobindo's Ideograph


The Modern Politician

..the modern politician...does not represent the soul of a people or its aspirations. What he does usually represent is all the average pettiness, selfishness, egoism, self-deception that is about him and these he represents well enough as well as a great deal of mental incompetence and moral conventionality, timidity and pretence. Great issues often come to him for decision, but he does not deal with them greatly; high words and noble ideas are on his lips, but they become rapidly the claptrap of a party. The disease and falsehood of modern political life is patent in every country of the world and only the hypnotised acquiescence of all, even of the intellectual classes, in the great organised sham, cloaks and prolongs the malady....As a matter of fact, it is in no way the largest good of all that is thus secured, but a great deal of organised blundering and evil with a certain amount of good which makes for real progress, because Nature moves forward always in the midst of all stumbling and secures her aim in the end more often in spite of manís imperfect mentality than by its means.

Sri Aurobindo,

The Ideal of Human Unity, Pg 296-297

Written for Arya in 1916

Date of Update: 24-Jun-17