Closure for “Is Democracy Dying?”
Democracy is a system attempting to accommodate and uphold fairness, equal opportunity, human rights (and responsibility), and justice within a community, society and nation. In Western modern democracy, at a state or governing level, democracy is a check and balance system implemented by Judicial (the Court), Legislative (the Congress/Parliament), and Executive (Government) bodies, while Election is the mechanism used to determine who the leaders will be. Have we been successful? Well, it depends on how we perceive democracy.
In the US, for example, the four essential elements (Court, Congress, Government, and Election) mentioned above are exercised according the rules. Does it make everyone happy? Obviously not. The number of people participate in Election keeps decreasing, not because of the system, but because of the output of the system, and political attitude of most politicians.
Democracy is not a perfect system, so we shouldn’t expect a perfect outcome. If the (economic) welfare of the people is the utmost importance, then democracy is not the only system that has the chance to deliver it. Qatar, for instance, is more democratic than Saudi Arabia, but it doesn’t run the Western modern democracy either. The good thing is that its annual income per capita reaches over U$ 80,000; not only the highest in the world, but also way above any affluent Western countries. China is definitely not a democratic country, but its economic growth has been the highest in the past twenty years.
So, how do we measure the practiced democracy as true, partial, false or even never exists? We have three options. First is whether the check and balance, and election are exercised in accordance to the rules, regardless of not only the corrupt attitude of the politicians but also the consequential result(s) of the system, good or bad. Second is the level of welfare of the people regardless whether the system is democratic or not. Third is all of the above, meaning that the system is democratic, and the people’s welfare is high.
Our perspective may not be amenable by some or most people, but we would like to urge people to use the right measuring tool(s) when evaluating the success and/or failure of something. On this closure, we would like to thank your participation by giving your questions, views, and opinions; it’s been nothing but enrichment to us all. Although we are already moving on to another subject, you are still welcome to continue giving comment on this matter.
Human Ego, a Friend or Foe? We are raising this issue because it may affect, influence, direct or even determine our future, particularly when involving individuals who we consider as the global “game changers”.
Our world is populated by 7 billions people, but when it comes to shaping the future, only a few who really matters. History tells us that global game changers are minorities consisting of prophets, philosopher, kings, presidents, scientists, artists, religious figures and so on. Jesus changed the course of humanity; Plato, Newton, and Einstein also among those who did, but so did Caligula, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Stalin, and ISIS. So, human ego does matter; how should we deal with it?