TaN: Sayings: “Fame and fortune do not change a man…it reveals him for what he truly is” and “When a man is in power, his friends know him; when he is no longer in power, he knows his friends“. It is commonly misconstrued that fame and fortune change a man, that s/he acquires a completely different personality and behavior – i.e., different from the usual demeanor that the friends and relatives are used to. This is somewhat related to the second saying, except that it also involves change in the behavior of others from your perspective.
Most people have an “alter-ego” or another side that we keep suppressed or hidden from the public. This is usually because we are afraid that people may not like us anymore, if they knew our “true” self. Most people (with this hidden side) maintain a masquerade to put up a front/facade in order to benefit from society…because they have needs that society provide, mostly due to lack of wealth or of wide recognition. Once they have enough wealth or gained renown, they feel “brave enough” to let others see their other self. And this is when those who know them that they have “changed” when, in truth, they have now been given the opportunity to reveal their true selves.
As to the second saying, because we are now in a position of power, of influence, we feel “comfortable or courageous” enough to reveal our innermost selves without fear that others may not like us (anymore) – usually because we no longer fear “losing their friendship or our relationship with them”. So, our friends will realize whether we are true friends or not. However, while our friends benefit from our friendship with them during our term in power or in influence, the instant we are no longer “useful” to them, true friends will (continue to) remain steadfast. When we are no longer of any value to sham friends, they abandon us.
The world today is filled with such people and this gives even more credence to another saying, that: It is better to live in the jungle than in the concrete jungle. In the jungle, everything is true to their nature. We see them for what they truly are. But, in the concrete jungle, it is full of deceitful and opportunistic people who prey on the trust of others for their own selfish gains and needs. For all we know, the person beside us or our “best” friend may be a snake in the grass, who lies in wait to bite that hand that feeds it.
But, despite these, we must remain true to the Holy Scriptures…to be kind and good others, to be of benefit to or for others, even though they may not deserve it, for it is written “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:45; KJV (Cambridge version). We do what we can to help others and leave to God judgment, for “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” – Romans 12:19; KJV.
TaN: Law needed – a law to make anyone who is or was authorized to enter into an agreement, for or in behalf of the taxpayer, to be held accountable and answerable – in the event that the agreement has been determined to be disadvantageous to the taxpayer and the latter is or has been left holding the (empty) bag. Too often, a public official – be he appointed or elected – has entered into a contract binding the government (read: Taxpayer) to whatever inequitable terms and conditions for whatever “noble” and “beneficial” reason and, when all turns disadvantageous and bad, leaves us to deal with the obligations.
To ensure that any authorized public or government official will be more cautious and prudent in engaging public funds into any agreement and that the taxpayer will not be put at a disadvantage. If and when any such agreement or transaction has been deemed to be detrimental or disadvantageous to public interest, the signatory should be held responsible and accountable. His properties and wealth should be held, garnished, or otherwise sequestered to be used as indemnity or payment – in whole or at least in part – for the monetary aspect and financial obligations.
It is not proper – no matter how noble and good-intentioned a transaction or agreement may be – that the taxpayer be made to foot the bill, especially when the majority of taxpayers are the fixed-income earners, who can do very little to reduce taxes via exemptions, via tax shelters, and via many other means that are available to corporate and self-employed taxpayers.