Talking about ideology is complicated. On the one hand, it is considered the basis of a group, including the philosophical basis, values , and governance of everyday life. On the other hand, ideology is a false consciousness that is manifested in wrong thinking about the world. Ideology seems immune to criticism and can be used to eliminate people who have different views.
Both notions are not free from hypocrisy. Often, both are tangible manifestations of hypocrisy itself. When beautiful words are far from real action, hypocrisy is then inevitable. It is like a pungent odor that irritates the noses of sane people.
Maybe human life is never free from hypocrisy. The problem is then not being free at all, but about the level of hypocrisy that exists. When the nudity of hypocrisy can no longer be covered, disgust arises in the collective belly of society. Is there a politics-free of hypocrisy? The answer, as Bob Dylan put it, is in the wind.
When a group claims to be godly but suppresses and nurtures terrorism through its education system, hypocrisy is inevitable. What is made by God then is not the owner of the universe, but money and power. When money and power are made into idol gods, the governance of coexistence falls into constant tension, conflict, and war.
When a group claims to be humane but remains silent about the dismissal of thousands of helpless workers, hypocrisy immediately wafts through the air. Humanity is a beautiful word that covers oppression. Humanity becomes propaganda that is echoed to cover the stench of various policy mistakes that lead to violations of the basic rights of human life.
When a group claims to be democratic but ignores the voice of the people, it is hypocrisy. When people still struggle to get decent jobs, still get poor quality education, and inadequate health services, but leaders distribute money and power to their friends, great hypocrisy is immediately smelled.
When many people still live below the poverty line, and the rulers distribute public money to their cronies, without considering common sense and a sense of decency, where lies social justice? What immediately smelled was sheer hypocrisy and lies. Where is social justice, when rulers enrich the rich, to secure their power?
In the end, the noble ideology was again used to cover the distribution of money and power among the political elite. History seems to repeat itself. When this noble ideology falls into rotten political circles, it can easily be used to justify various forms of violence, ranging from corruption, nepotism to kidnapping and murder.
To be honest, perhaps the only enduring ideology in politics is hypocrisy. Words can be high. Appearances can be sympathetic and convincing. However, the smell of hypocrisy is undeniable.
Hypocrisy can be avoided if the rulers and the people as a whole understand the deepest core of the existing ideology. Surface understanding will result in superficiality, and lead to policy-making errors. This mistake will pierce the sense of justice in society. Even rulers will lose their legitimate support from the people if injustice continues to be silenced.
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