Yes, it keeps creeping up on me: that need to imagine this planet in better shape and as a good home for all of us. Over the years, I looked into different models of society and have written about ideas I have how the world would be fairer for all of us. The last one was in August 2019.
I can’t believe it is that long ago I wrote about it. I also can’t believe that it keeps coming back. Maybe I just need to keep spinning my own yarn of a vision for the future to bring a small thread into this reality that might make a difference? Can I be that bold?
There must be a reason though why it keeps coming back!
So here are my thoughts from 2011 and my comment from 2017:
This idea has come back with a vengeance to me lately. Not sure where to go with it though:
Democracy is a form of political organisation in which all people, through consensus (consensus democracy), direct referendum (direct democracy), or elected representatives (representative democracy) exercise equal control over the matters which affect their interests.
That is what Wikipedia says about democracy. Well, I think western societies are not too bad with that, but if you have a look a bit closer and talk to the “common” people, it looks like they do not feel like they are part of the consensus. It seems to me like many feel powerless, not listened to, not cared for, and they think about politicians of a bunch of rich people who have lost all connection to how normal life is. But there is also a lot of taking back of that “being part of the consensus”. Demonstrations against financial cuts, expressing your opinion in Blogs and Forums and all kinds of organisations show that.
All this and the spreading revolutions in the Middle East make me think about what I wrote on January 31: A new vision!
So how would a fair society look like to me?
Well, I would like children to be raised and educated firstly as humans and not as English, German, Egyptian, Indian etc. In the end, this planet will only survive if we work together, not against each other. I would like to have a subject at school called “Peace Studies” where pupils learn how to solve problems without aggression and war. There are ways we have seen them many times in the last century and see them every day in our lives. I would also like a subject called “Tolerance” where pupils could learn how to deal with other opinions and beliefs and how to respect them.
I would like work experience for politicians every year for 4 weeks in their area of expertise preferable in a country they are not well known and with the wages and lives of the people who usually work there. It would not be a significant change as they can go back to their lives, but it would certainly give them a real-life insight into what they are deciding about.
I would like that politicians are not allowed to have any other jobs than their political career as lobbying and corruption is happening too easy if they do both. They should instead spend their time with the people they decide about to learn how life really is. And not how statistics or political ideas suggest.
I would like economies only work with countries and politicians who respect Human Rights. I would like governments firstly decide with Human Rights as guidelines and not profits or power.
Well, that is just a few thoughts I have. That definitely does not make a new vision. But Marx and Engels probably started talking about their idea in the pub around the corner, and then it grew and grew.
Maybe there are other people out there who have good ideas, and we might start another vision.
link thanks to Wikipedia
And just something to make me question my long-held ideas about society:
video credit: HooverInstitute via YouTube
Ja, das kommt immer wieder zu mir zurueck: Das Beduerfnis mir diesen Planeten in einer besseren Situation und als faires zuhause fuer uns alle vorzustellen. Ich habe mir ueber die Jahre oft unterschiedliche Modelle fuer Gesellschaft angesehen und schrieb ueber meine Ideen wie diese Welt fairer fuer uns alle waere. Das letzte Mal in August 2019.
Ich kann’s nicht glauben, dass das so lange her ist. Ich kann’s auch nicht glauben, dass es immer und immer wieder zu mir zurueck kommt. Vielleicht muss ich einfach immer weiter mein Garn der Vision fuere eine Zukunft fuer uns alle spinnen, um einen kleinen Teil in diese Realitaet zu bringen und einen Unterschied zu machen? Kann ich so mutig sein?
Da muss es doch einen Grund geben, warum es immer und immer wieder zu mir zurueck kommt!
Hier also meine Gedanken von 2011 und ein Kommentar von 2017:
Diese Idee kam in letzter Zeit wieder kraeftig hoch. Ich weiss aber nicht wohin damit bis jetzt.
Demokratie (gr. Δημοκρατία, von δῆμος [dēmos], „Volk“, und κρατία [kratía], „Herrschaft“, vgl. -kratie) bezeichnet einerseits das Ideal einer durch die Zustimmung der Mehrheit der Bürger und die Beteiligung der Bürger legitimierten Regierungsform, der „Volksherrschaft“. Diese Idealvorstellung wird inDemokratietheorien konkretisiert, die jeweils eine bestimmte Vorstellung von Demokratie beinhalten: so die direkte Demokratie, repräsentative Demokratie,Demarchie, Radikaldemokratie oder Basisdemokratie.