Democracy is one of the oldest concepts of a word which still can’t be understood. Honestly, it is indeed a very complicated issue.
If you’ve guessed, you’re right! My motivation to write this post is what happened on Wednesday in the US Capitol in Washington DC. I couldn’t really believe what I was watching on this very evening on the TV screen, first, I thought that it was a report from one of those so-called “the third world counties” in which it happens after an election, and the oppositions don’t want to accept the results and want to storm the Parlement. The story was the same but, it was happening in a country that I’d never expect: The United States of America, one of the oldest countries in the matter of democracy and freedom.
“Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.” Plato
It broke my heart when I saw these all scenes. It shows how fragile we are, I mean we, who try to do the right things; begins with love and not hate, with respect and without prejudge.
Here Dr C. G. Jung described the heart of the matter;
Although, it is not something new, as we can remember through history. In the years 1933-38, The NSDAP had begun with terror to set its violent on power.
And also, I can tell you a lot of such terrors, which in Iran, whenever the call for freedom became louder, there were cudgels to make all silent. We don’t have to forget the terrors by the Islamists, especially in the 21st century. It began with the catastrophic World Trade Centre it was the abuse of western democracy. But, as I am always convinced, it is not all based on one person (Hitler, Stalin, Khamenei, Erdogan, Putin, Viktor Orban, Jarosław Kaczyński, a lot of potentates from African countries, or even Donald Trump, as he wished to be). They are all an idol figure for helpless and ignorant folks, but, as Hannah Arendt has announced after the Eichmann Process. (I have written an article thereabout https://lampmagician.com/2020/10/10/hanna-arendt-a-solitary-genius/ it is because of many other reasons which we might call it all together “The ignorant Mass”. They are all made by us! I think that it is all about education. It helps us to know our environment and subsequently our inner soul, that is a matter of individual.
In fact, Democracy is difficult to progress, and it needs a lot of knowledge to comprehend. Here are three brilliant quotes by Plato:
“Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom”
“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”
Anyway, we are, without doubt, fragile until, we begin to know and accept our inner soul: the dark side and the bright side. We can afford it for sure. Love wins at the end. 🙏💖💖🙏
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are