Indonesia Today: An (ex) Leader with a Post Power Syndrome

Post-Power syndrome is a phenomenon that occurs where people live in the shadow of the greatness of his past (his career, beauty, good looks, intelligence, or something else), and as if he could not look at the reality that exists today.

Quiet recently, (at least) half our population finds out how threatening it is to have someone not willing to let go of his position. We finally realize how someone once in a great position might go nuts when he is relieved of his earlier position and power. And tonight we’re talking about our dearest ex-President.

2 Major things that allows my assumption to takes place:

  1. His extreme decision on making his son a Governor
  2. A rather sensitive and pessimistic tweets offending the current President and staffs

Early retirement from the military for the sake of joining the big fish battle for the governor seat in the capital

We all know how hard it is to enter military, and how it is even harder to be one of a high ranker. Yet it seems that all those hardship doesn’t really matter for him, so insignificant that he dare his son to quit it and have him sent to the slaughter. Being a governor is a matter of experience, especially when it’s about being the governor of the capital. Being a young man, with no experience of leading mass either in a war nor a city, his odds of winning against the current governor or our ex minister of education is definitely close to nil. Yet here he is, losing his election. All thanks to his dad’s great thirst of power.

Social media allows you to express yourself and within it, your expression and emotion.

Tweeting your thoughts might be a good idea, assuming you’re a beloved ex, with a motivational words being tweeted, and one that doesn’t implicitly yet exaggeratively offends our current (actually beloved) president and the government. Through his tweets, it always seems as if he is victimised. Though he is not. It’s obvious through his tweets that it’s always egocentric, the tweets revolve around him and his rights. At the contrary, what we expect is pretty simple that for an ex-President to provide a useful and positive suggestion instead of a harsh, pessimistic, and negative cynicism toward the current president.

In the end, he is no longer who he was. That is assuming his past self is really the figure that the citizen knows. The absence of his privilege and power is a threat, mostly for his own family.



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