is politics a "better" way to serve others?

January 10, 2011 6:14am CST
In college, I am exposed to "public work" as a student leader. In my leadership, I've met many people of different races, attitudes and opinions and learned how to respect and respond to them. We also had outreach programs outside the campus for community services. We form linkages to the various local officials in the beneficiary communities and undoubtedly they play a big part in the success of the event. So I came up with this query and I would super appreciate your comments. What do you think?
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@zwindz93 (37)
• United States
21 Feb 11
For my opinion I see politics is just a job and politicans try their best to get vote by promise many good things to the citizens. They just try to protect their Ideas even though some are wrong.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
11 Jan 11
Those who are in politics are in the best position to serve the people but more often that's not the case. Public service are just words being used by politicians to lure people to vote for them. In reality Politics is just a job where you apply for it because it has its rewards and the rewards are great if you know how to use your head.
@lydneis (26)
• United States
11 Jan 11
Others have voiced their general dislike of politics already so I'll skip over that part. If you want to serve others in politics you have to be willing to go against the norm. Unfortunaly if you do that you'll never get elected, at least not to a national office. If you want to help in your own community holding a local office may be something to look into. People who know you personally are much more likely to give you a chance. Plus, federal 'career' politiians tend to loose sight of why they are where they are in the first place which is to serve the people. If you are in office at the local level you see and are affected by the decisions you make, and you have instant feedback from the people you represent. So yes it can be a good way to serve, as long as you're willing to put in the effort and live with the consequences.
• Philippines
10 Jan 11
i don't think that politics is a way to serve others because i believe that you could help others in your own little way.. although.. local officials play a big part but i believe that even you are an ordinary person if you have the willingness to serve others you can and will be able to =)
@Messyrax (147)
10 Jan 11
well, i think politics itself is cannot be a way to serve people but a way for the politician to express himself to people...normally politics are just fallacies from politicians...lies!!!!!. the only way politics can be used to serve others is when the politicians intentions are to serve others after gaining power through politics. for example many politicians in 3rd world countries use politics to gain power and end up being dictators-- can you call that serving others? definitely NO!! but look at somebody like Mandella,,, he used politics to fight apartheid in southafrica and spend 27 years in jail...after end of apartheid and his release he just served as a president for few years then stepped down..this shows his use of politics to serve others. what am saying is that it depends on your motives to get in politics