Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The main flaw with democracy seems to be the elections themselves. I'll let that sink in for a while.


Remember that most serious problems today in all countries, be it poverty, lack of infrastructure, government deficit, medical system, energy security or even killing Osama etc. will take an entire generation or more to realize a reasonable solution. Also, appreciate that holding a political office means that you got just 4 or 5 years to prove that you are good enough. A couple of years is usually spent in understanding how to work the system and the rest of the time is spent in planning how to stay in power.  So, in the spare time they get to do any kind of actual legislation, (a majority of) they have to concentrate on the short-term "resume points" like social issues (ex: religious sentiments etc.) that make people feel good instantly. See? The system leaves little time for addressing long-term problems and solutions because the elections are always round the corner.

Of course, letting a human hold an office for too long is never an option as our minds can't handle too much power just as our bodies can't handle too much alcohol - just not designed for that. Besides, how hurtful would it be that someone else will walk away with the trophy for the hard-work you have done - no, not designed for that either. Hence, don't ever make the mistake of assuming that any long-term change is happening because of any kind of serious political planning. There is just no free-will. Change will happen when influential technology / art can make us better species and more in sync with the ecosystems we inherit and pass on. Of course, it is imperative that the business people feel comfortable and approve any direction our species might take. 

As you can see, we have very little to work with, my dear friends. Play the game. Sit back and let's enjoy each other - Oṃ śānti śānti śānti ... :)

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6 comments :

vineet said...

see the only change we can bring is shud be frm withn( bigest crap quote ever which i never follow bt do agree), n as long as we stay the same how can we believe to change the system , its us who form the system n not us

vineet said...

by the way loved the name of ur blog...LOLed over

Sash! said...

@vineet: thanks ... asking the middle-class person to change is one more clever way to put the blame on the public ... and ask them to work harder and pay more taxes so that these geniuses can mismanage more money !!! :)

Purba said...

Look what Nitish Kumar has done to Bihar. From the most notorious state it has transformed into a model state. The economy is booming, the law and order breakdown is a thing of the past - thanks to the efforts of this man.

Four years is enough if you are determined and have the zeal to work for a change.

Sash! said...

@ Purba: Totally agree with you ... thats why I used "almost" ... I was just trying point out a systemic flaw that forces people to be busy with their own survival ...

When people with extraordinary will and spirit come along ... what can you except being amazed :)

Sanket said...

See, I would have shed a few tears for democracy if I had not known that Indian Cabinet is not elected, but appointed. It's an amorphous plutocracy, whether one wants to call it so or not. But let the cynic wither...

Will to Power in an almost-superman-like Nitish Kumar... and belief in that superman, by the owners of hearts: one who can manipulate this, is for me a hero.

What Nitish did, for instance, was he gave an omnibus order to prosecute, not arrest and try, but prosecute. Non-bailable warrants. Streets were clean for 6 months, and that was the change. That's some willpower.

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