Sherman Kuek, SFO
Published in Catholic Asian News
(August 2009 Issue)
In adapting the satire written by Canadians Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull in 1968 - The Peter Principle - one may say, in the context of human involvement in national governance, that the higher one rises in the political ladder, the less one is able to achieve that which he had initially set out to do. For the individual politician, this may be because he has to spend most of his time focusing on efforts to retain his position rather than being fixated on human dignity and the common good. The higher he rises in the political ladder, the greater a proportion of his resources must be devoted to preserving his position.
And thus, in accordance with the Peter Principle, the rise of individuals into political positions might mark the death of their initial ideals.