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Democracy is based on the belief that people are more good than bad, that we are more curious than controlling, more playful than violent, and more kind than selfish.  I am not so sure anymore.  If the ways of a democratic society are based on the common denominator, and humans at base are horny, greedy and cruel, then society will be the same.  

I have come to suspect that we have not evolved to the point that our cognitive processes consistently overrule our animal instincts.  The idea that we can base our choices on verifiable information appears damned.  Civility is superficial and short-lived.  Democracy fails in the face of the self-righteous greed of our kind.  The solution of course would be a benevolent dictator, but the problem with those is that they are human too and the majority are not benevolent.

Please, America, prove me wrong.

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anais_pf
Dec. 20th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
I certainly hope you are wrong, but this rings a bit too true for my comfort.
liveonearth
Dec. 20th, 2017 07:24 pm (UTC)
A good friend of mine just pointed out that really I'm describing MEN, who just happen to have been in power all this time in part because of these characteristics. Happy to read this morning that a record number of women are running for congress.
anais_pf
Dec. 20th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
It would indeed be interesting to see what the world would look like with a lot more women running things. We are about to find that out here on Long Island, where several women will be sworn in to leadership positions January 1st. Unfortunately, they are still part of the political machine, but we shall see.
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