What Makes A Country Great?
Mahatma Ghandi once said that “the measure of a country’s greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable populations.” That what makes a country great is that it cares about its most vulnerable people not only because it is what is morally correct, but because the cost of not doing so would cause great harm to society and the economy. That what makes a country great is that it adopts multiple, concrete solutions for each problem, but its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis is what will make it even greater.
For many years, there are two measurements that are often used to get an idea of how well a country is doing. One is to find out how much a country earns and that can be reflected through its GDP or gross domestic product. The other is to collect data on the unemployment rate of that particular country. These tools, however, may not only be incomplete, if we want to find out how well a country is serving its citizens, but in fact they cannot be so useful.
While no country is immune from corruption, a great country has a way of turning the tide against corruption that begins with its leader, who has the political will to build strong and transparent institutions. The leader of this great country knows that it is his sacred duty to prevent abuse of public office for private gain, as this can erode people’s trust in government and institutions. This leader also knows that his inability to curb corruption is one of the surest ways to destroy the nation, as it can make public policies less effective and fair, and siphons each taxpayer’s money away from schools, hospitals, bridges, highways, and other infrastructure projects.
The greatness of a country depends to a great extent on the people that make it up and on its unity and public spirit. A great country is one that results from having a government that carries out the will and carries forward the hopes of all the people. This particular government of a great country represents all people; it does not act simply in the interest of the majority, and deals ruthlessly with minorities.
This particular government of a great country never foments, directly or indirectly, envy, prejudice, hostility. That is how national destruction is found. But, instead, this government is passionate about building, throughout the nation, a sense of security, satisfaction, hope, and contentment. That’s what makes civic morale, public spirit, and loyalty.
Most importantly, a great country has a government that promotes, in every way, unity, association, assimilation, cooperation, not deeper separation. There are many things that divide people, but what unites them the most is that they want their country to succeed. They want it to stay great and become even better, and they need a truly good, compassionate, competent leader they can admire and depend on to guide them in their actions.