The Wonders of a Simple Life

I am a simple person living a simple life. I do a couple of things. I’m definitely not a secret agent so here they are:

  • Working with computers
  • Teaching English and Hungarian
  • Making YouTube videos
    • Teaching videos
    • Travel videos
    • Philosophical videos about politics and society and whatnot…
  • I also like games and watching movies and TV shows. I don’t watch TV though.

The Insidious Problem

So here we have a problem. If I don’t watch TV then it means I don’t know what’s going on in my country. Sometimes I just want to find out and go on to read some Hungarian news portals. Then I get angry because of the sheer stupidity that is going on in Hungary’s political life. Then I go back to my oblivious state of not caring.

Should I care though?

I know that as a citizen of Hungary I must take responsibility, since it is (seemingly) a working democracy.

Definition of Democracy
1a: government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
1b: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
2: a political unit that has a democratic government
3: the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
5: the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

So according to this little definition, I should be the one owning Hungary… along with 10 million other people, including babies but not including dogs or other animals.

Instead of trying to make judgment on others, first I wish to look into my own treacherous soul to answer the question: do I participate in democracy enough?

The Participation Award

At work, I guess, I could say I receive an award for showing up – called salary. However since I run my own business (as well), I get to experience the hardship of finding money. It’s not easy. I have to present a good-enough-service so people would buy it. I must advertise so people would know about it. I must pay taxes and deal with accounting. I could go on and on but I won’t. I have a feeling you get the point. You are smart, just as expected.

I think my main problem is that I’m not very well educated in the art of democracy. I know only one thing: I can vote every 4 years for one person that will represent me in the parliament (and a party but please allow me to simplify it).

Other than that it’s impossible for me to influence the government.

Of course, you (dear reader) could argue that I could write them some emails but I’m quite skeptical about the possible result. You can describe me as a person having all sorts of negative attitudes but I will deny everything in court.

Anyways, let’s go back to my business example and mix it with some government flavour.

If I suck at what I do, I don’t get any income. That is the cold truth – shaken not stirred. That is something I have learnt by having a small business. I cannot just sit back and enjoy life all the time. I need to work on things.

Similarly to that, I might find a way to work on government stuff. I just don’t understand how it works.

Kidnapped by the Lazy

I am lazy. That is an important recognition. I like being taken care of. By that I mean, since in my little world the government is here to provide: basic infrastructure, healthcare, security and law things.

When I am provided these, I can go about my business, making money, paying taxes and build our cute little country.

I do not require the government to deal with ideologies and other crazy views. I simply want them to do their job: provide basic services for the population. Unfortunately it seems, since they don’t do it, I have to do something about it.

So let’s say I do that. I can become a politician, aiming to be a prime minister one day and ultimately shape things according to my desire. This sounds perfect, almost too good to be true.

… and it is like that. It is too good to be true… I don’t want to be a politician. I want to work with computers and make films and teach languages. This is what I want to do. If I go on and sacrifice my dreamy future for my country I want a lot of compensation.

I like this theory because this way I would become the exact same person – the one I hate: “the politician”. I would use my power to feed my hunger since I cannot do what I love and I would feel justified because of my sacrifice.

Brex It Brother

The problem with Brexit is that in Hungarian the frog says “brek brek brek” and it confuses me. The second problem would be to create a fancy name if Hungary was going to leave the EU. I have no ideas.

Anyways, what I want to talk about is simple: this idea of mine about complete openness throughout the globe. I know that we climbed down from the trees only last year and we are basically a bunch of monkeys running around throwing … sheet of papers at each other but I can’t help being unsatisfied with our slow progress.

I think I have this basic problem regarding the current function of governments that they try to do everything rather than providing a good economical environment where I can work. In my humble opinion governments should cut back a bit and remove themselves from areas where they are not useful.

Which areas I’m talking about you ask? I don’t know. I am a simple person living a simple life. I do a couple of things and government stuff is not one of them. I shouldn’t even write about political things but I can’t help expressing my desire in case anyone is interested.

“To whom it may concern…”

Government Berlin Reichstag Glass Dome Building

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About the Author: Chris Kovacs

Technical Consultant, Traveller, Filmmaker & Photographer
Much like most people, I like to be all sorts of things.

P.S.: some of articles are edited and co-written by a mysterious person called Tatjana. But I take all the credit.

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