“Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I. Insects don’t have politics. They’re very brutal. No compassion, no compromise. We can’t trust the insect.”~ The Fly (1986)
These words has became famous since then. In that film, this speech made by a physically and mentally decaying Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) to his girlfriend Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis), when they were last met.
How true it is. Or is it?
The politics is an art of controlling, an art of deception, and lot of lies. This is where Machiavelli ideas came in handy. It is not so much about reality but about realistic means and realistic goal. It is about managing public sentiment and guiding the flows to where it goes.
Oh, you sure think this is merely my exaggeration of the idea on what politics is all about. But consider these. In ancient China, the sentiment was that an emperor is the Son of Heaven. In ancient Japan, every clan to claimed that they are the descendant of gods (ujigami). And in modern Germany, the Aryan is purportedly the pure race, above others. This is how UMNO survives all this while, by keeping the sentiment that it is the champion the Malay causes.
Remember “The Kennedys” series and the trailer: ‘It’s not what you are, it’s what people think you are’.
Whosoever control the public sentiment, they control the people.