By now, democracy has spread throughout the world to the tune of sweet and soft music. The political man began as an ideal being – the seemingly wise and knowledgeable philosopher who promised to change the world. The Declaration of Independence in the USA back in 1776 A.D. was the herald of the beginning of a new democratic era. This saw the beginning of a chain of revolution for the next 200 years in the rest of the world. This progress was inevitable, and still is, I guess.
The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself. ~ Plato
It thus at this conception of the political paradigm shift several hundred years ago that the politician managed to hypnotize the citizen into seeing him as a god full of ineffable virtues and romantic wrongs. This fad continues to have important consequences up to this day – as can be evidenced in inescapable noise happening in places such as today’s America
Human behavior flows from three main sources; desire, emotion, and knowledge. – Plato
Politics is the best institution that can be used to illustrate the spiritual sleep of mankind for, it has been designed to enable the classes to express their will through the execution of their suffrage – ostensibly expressing man’s subtle inferiority and insecurities. What I never seem to understand is that people always seem to have different views about different leaders yet pretend to desire the same progress of a nation.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. – Plato
What baffles me is that despite its immense potential, politics has not been so far used constructively to solve the problems of the various class of citizens. Ever-increasing challenges abound in the world – from police brutality to poverty. The only subject of study not available in the world universities is proper statecraft – if leadership was to be judged according to the results it brings forth. Most countries are suffocating in international debt because leaders, apparently very well educated, cannot understand how to effectively run an economy that benefits everybody from the richest to the poorest.
The common problem in all politics is that the men who are elected into office are akin to a population sample commonly described in Statistics and Mathematics disciplines as a representative of the whole. This means that there is no significant difference in thinking of the common man and the politician. Yet what dumbfounds the statesman, due to the corruption of privilege, can be solved instantly by a man or woman of seraphic intuition – awareness.
The notion of politics originated in the fable fantasy of men and women on the upper levels of the human “food chain” – and the sentimentalists – who upon observing to their distress that the ass was over-laden, proposed to reform transportation by putting him into the cart.
This is now the political paradox of all mankind.