Messaging my ego
It’s true, he did, though I am speaking figuratively of course. The minister had exquisite charm. Despite your anger and frustration, he could turn you around in minutes, seconds, making you feel very important and respectable, telling you things as if he knew you for years. You become a buddy, a friend. And you fall for it because this is the gift of the trade, a knack which few men and women, have but he did.
It was his position, it was my position that made him indulge in this soft talking, so you develop a positive attitude towards him, towards his ministerial position and the government he is serving in. On this particular occasion he even took me back to my workplace in his chauffeur-driven car as if he had a mission to complete. His chauffeur and minder told me in private that they respect the minister even though he makes them work at long and odd hours of the day.
He made me feel important, but no doubt I was expected to be nice to his policies, positions and stands, and maybe indulge in writing about the glorious achievements!
I saw him a couple of months later talking on his cell phone in one of the halls, apparently allusive, no longer having the ceremonial pageantry surrounding his presence, he was out of office by then but still trying to print his marks.
He didn’t even look in my direction. I don’t know whether it was deliberate or an oversight but he was certainly assuming a role of self-importance, still working on his mission. I was later told he was in strategy whatever that means. I, in return didn’t look at him or even sought to seek him out but proceeded to move the other direction.
It was as if the charm had suddenly petered out, or wasn’t there in the first place. Since I was no longer in my position, and he out of office, he preferred all by himself, to come to an amicable arrangement, and turn the other way.
I am hoping I am not reading a lot in that incident but you can usually tell whether a person wants to talk to you or not.
And the moral of the story is it is the position that makes the man, and not the other way around, sadly without it a person is a commoner, just like the many who walk this earth. Once out of office in the case of the minister, there was certainly no need to put a front, or a façade of affability, even though its false.
This certainly says a lot about the opportunistic nature of mankind, or is it man, or maybe found in politicians. They certainly have to develop certain opportunistic screeches.