My recent article on the dominance ruling-rich says something about what I mean when I say that the country has much bigger problems than can be solved by voting methods. Voting-systems like approval voting are a bandage on a decapitation. In the time of Trump, this isn’t just a political subject (something that I’ve completely abandoned). It’s now just a matter of what’s about to happen to us.
The ruling-structure, and its underlying causes, is the cause of the other societal problems. Of course that isn’t something new, or limited to any one country. Rule by people who don’t mind harming others in order to satisfy their greed and/or power or love of violence is nothing new. That’s just the way it’s always been. Over the millennia, it’s had all sorts of forms, excuses, and “justifications”. I guess first it was divine right, and then “We’re just better”. And then now the modern forms and new pretenses that we hear continually repeated at us every day in the “news”. New details, same thing, no genuine difference.
I wrote a series of articles at Democracy Chronicles about “What can we do right now?“. I spoke of pro-democracy demonstrations demanding verified vote-counting, and demonstrations at NPR FM stations, to make it clear that we’ll withhold contributions unless they drop NPR and replace it with genuinely independent locally-written news and programming…, followed by then actually refusing to contribute to NPR stations.
Those suggestions were all I could suggest. For them to have any chance of accomplishing anything, of course most people would have to agree and participate. Regrettably, that isn’t something that I’d bet on, and even if they did, there’s no guarantee that it (or anything) would even work.
There’s a widespread assumption that if we just tried a little harder or better, everything would improve, and that it’s soon going to happen. I guess it’s human-nature to want to believe that.
It isn’t the way it is just by accident. I now think that any suggestion, effort or expectation for societal improvement is up against the results of millions of years of evolution, in which the long-established deplorable socio-psychological rule-arrangement evolved mutually, because evidently there was a time in our prehistory when it was adaptive.
Well, speaking more generally, the animal-kingdom has always been full of violence and misfortune (misfortune mostly caused by violence, hunger and disease). In fact, spiritual teachers say that birth is a calamity. But we’re here, and it isn’t as if we now have a choice – we can only do our best, for our own lives, for ourselves and those closest to us and not expect anything better beyond that scope.
But I hasten to add that, just because we can’t expect any societal improvement, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a need/responsibility to live ethically, honestly and kindly. Right-living, Dharmic living, is called for in many traditions.
Just because we live in a world run by lost souls who on-goingly further debase themselves by their conduct, doesn’t mean that we can’t or needn’t do better in our own lives. Feel sorry for them, because, when it really comes down to it, they harm themselves worst, and they’re their own main victims.