Our current political system
What makes us different from animals?
If you look at the earth and its inhabitants, you can see that all living things have not only a certain intelligence but also instincts.
The higher the IQ, the weaker the instincts. The main difference between humans and animals is intelligence.
An animal that eats other animals does not worry about ethics. A number of people have ethical problems with eating meat from other living beings though.
Why? Empathy! What's empathy?
Wikipedia speaks of compassion of people for people. However, animals can feel empathy for people too, and vice versa. Still, animals don't worry about eating other animals. They act by instinct. They act in a way they have learned from their parents and their kind. This is different for humans. Our intelligence enables us to question what we have learned from our parents and fellow human beings based on our experiences, and to develop our own personal behaviour. As a consequence many humans have become vegans and vegetarians. Humans know that they don't have to eat meat to survive. What's the ethical perspective on that?
Vegetarians are vegetarians for various reasons. It doesn't just result from the knowledge that we don't have to eat meat. The way we breed animals for consumption is crucial and has caused many people to stop eating meat (or other parts of animals), or at least reduce their meat consumption. Empathy, or the compassion for the animals in question plays a major role.
What else is the difference between humans and animals?
Spontaneously I think of our precise means of communicating. However, not everyone is capable of precise and understandable communication, which is often the reason for misunderstandings and arguments. Of course, a positive result in communication between two people depends on what the individual wants. If both don't want the same thing, one question arises: "Is one right or the other and what does it depend on? Is there only one right and one wrong, or is it different from topic to topic? Example:
One room, 2 people, room temperature 20 ° C. One is too cold or one is too warm. Should it be made acceptable for one of the two, or should a middle ground be found, which both will be equally (un)satisfied with? The situation would be different If there were 3 people in the room. Again, animals don't worry about such things.
In a modern society, governments set the rules the people should follow, and punish in the event people fail to comply with the laws. The state therefore has the power to impose its view of right or wrong on the rest of society. This is great responsibility, and if misused, or wrong decisions are taken, devastating consequences follow.
Why is it that our political and social system exists in the way that a minority is given great responsibility or rather power? Do we not want the responsibility ourselves? Do we prefer to have a scapegoat we can blame if it made mistakes, even if only on an ethical basis? Are we too comfortable to take responsibility ourselves? If we wanted to change that, how difficult would that be?
The basic principle of democracy is that the will of the majority is taken into account. Many countries are officially run as democracies, but de facto no longer meet the criteria of a real democracy.
It is utopian to believe that we live in a true democracy because we cannot be sure:
That politicians who standing for election, after the elections will or can implement measures they announced before the elections.
That politicians are not aiming for parliament for self-serving reasons, thus only for their personal gain.
That the majority of people still have influence on what their representatives do within their 5-year period in power.
That the most voted for candidates get into parliament.
That the laws they will implement represent the will of the majority of the people.
That the representatives will only propose and implement laws that are in the best interest of the majority of the people.
If the majority of representatives in parliament agree on a subject, this does not mean that the majority of the people have the same opinion.
Most of the current democratic systems are out of date and have never been adapted to the current state of technology. The political process could probably not have been better at an earlier time, but things look different today. The internet, which was launched on October 29 1969, and the progress in IT, for example the blockchain technology, has not brought our politicians to give back the responsibility and more importantly the power back to the people which on the other hand would have been possible for a long time now.
In general, human beings are hungry for power, and once in possession, they find it very hard to relinquish this power.
If all of this makes sense to us, a crucial question arises:
Do I want to leave everything as it is or do I (even if I think that I do suffer none or only very little negative consequences in the current system) want to change to another more modern direct-democratic system, in which I will regain an influence on political decisions.
What could be the reasons to hold on to the current system?
I'm doing well in the current system and I doubt that this will change in the future.
I do not care for politics and want to spend my time with pleasant things.
My work and family are too time-consuming to get involved in politics.
I think that the majority of people are too dumb to take the right decisions.
What reasons are there to change the system?
I have seen what politicians have done in the current system and I'm very afraid of what they may do in the future.
It's easier to influence a small group of people than a whole nation.
I find the current system undemocratic and I want to re-take responsibility and the right to participate in the decision making process.
I want the majority of the people to decide.
In a modern direct-democratic system, if implemented globally, war may be a thing of the past, which leads to huge savings of tax payers money, which could be invested for the benefit of the people.
In case you can think of other reasons, please do not hesitate to write them in the comments section.
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