I am reading excerpt from "To You" by Sawaki Kodo. But I don't think I understand the message he's trying to convey in this particular one. Is he saying that you shouldn't define yourself by your career? And that politicians are an extreme example of that? Because they strive so hard to win, and when they don't, they suffer a lot?
"To you who think the prime minister is a really special person.
He who seeks his true mission won't want to pursue a career. A person who wants to become president doesn't know where he's going in life.
Their election is so important to them that presidents and congressmen campaign to rally votes. Idiots! Even if they asked me to become president, I'd turn it down: “How dumb do you think I am anyway?”
One guy loses the presidential election, so he cries. Next time around he wins the election, and then he smiles into the camera. What makes politicians different from little children anyway? It's exactly the same way with a crying child: you offer him some candy and already a smile breaks out on his teary face.
A little more maturity would be nice.
Anyone who relies on his résumé is a failure."