The devil, they say, finds work for idle hands to do. If you want a concrete example of that just look at politics; an artificial Westworld where nothing is necessarily real and people play out scripted lives over and over again, presumably in the hope that this time it will work out better.
Now and again someone says something that is so fundamental – and in a few words, rather than many – that one can but wonder why it has not been so succinctly put previously.
Take a look at our political cycle: the right gains power and introduces laws, which we all dutifully accept and thus follow. In time they get ‘thrown out’ and the left gains power, promptly annulling, or ‘honing’ those laws for their own ends. Again in time they, the left, also get thrown out and the right returns to power: and so the cycle of ‘swings and roundabouts’ continues.
Unfortunately neither side, left or right, invariably has the faintest idea of what they are doing and thus what they wish to achieve. Is this an acceptable manner in which a country should be ‘run’? Would any company last five minutes with a board of directors as clueless as our politicians appear to be? Any such incompetent board of directors would be replaced within months – so why should we, the people who are shareholders in our nation, have to wait years (until a general election) until we can replace our board of directors? Why do we not have a vote on who holds the office of a director?
Why can we not have a system of democracy as in Switzerland wherein the people can control their politicians, wherein the people can instigate laws their politicians may not want, wherein they are able to halt laws their politicians (both national and local) wish to introduce and with which they, the people, disagree? That system is called direct democracy. Go read The Harrogate Agenda and then convince me its premise is hogwash.
It has been said that education is the foundation upon which we build our future, together with the fact that education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance; which basically amounts to the same thing. Translated, that means that those who cannot – or seem unable – to educate themselves – about ‘matters de jour’ – should not have the right to vote. Unreasonable? Probably, but then ask yourself who it is that has allowed such a situation to persist if not those who by their obfuscation and deceit, have condoned it?
Under our current system of democracy – and among those ‘wedded’ to its continuance – the following attributed quote sums up the pit in which we, the people, find ourselves:
The black widow, who had dispatched a lover or two, was sought out for her wisdom. The young spider asked her, “Did you keep his harmful secret under the threat of danger, or did you spin a web so confusing that he didn’t know if you were friend or foe? Did you release him from the web and your presence or will you give another the venom in which to finish him?” The black widow was quiet and then said, “All of the above.”
Donna Lynn Hope