My Voice, My Stand

Philosophical Politics

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 26/08/2008

The study of politics always revolves around one vital question: what should a person’s relationship to his society be? Just like the many superstitious beliefs and cultural traditions around the world, there’s a lot of different ethical concepts that can be applied in society. This leads to different forms of government styles that each country believes is best for their nation. Each leader has created a different set of standards to analyze and judge the members, institutions and their relationships to society – Conservatism, Liberalism, Anarchism, etc. Ultimately, the goal of each government style is happiness, equality and justice.

There is no right and wrong when it comes to government style, cause what works for one country is not sure to work for another. All it comes down to is the LEADER, not the government style. If his goal is self-centered such as wealth and luxury, there is no form of government that would work for his country. But if the leader genuinely wants economical success and a law-abiding citizens and social change (for the better), then politics would be just another word in the dictionary – success will be the ultimate goal.

When to Demolish Democracy

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 19/08/2008

Socrates was a wise man. A quote I shall never forget from all those philosophy classes I took was when he said “wise is he who knows nothing”. To decode this fortune cookie message, it just means that when someone admits to knowing nothing, he is the wiser than those who think they know everything. Why? Because he who knows nothing continues to seek knowledge, while he who thinks he knows everything will stop learning and will end up more boastful than he is wise.

I admire this great philosopher, but there was always one things that bugged me about him – he was anti-democracy! Why would one of the wisest minds in the history of the world go against a free society where everyone has a say in what happens? And then another quote hit me with the answer- “ideals belong only in a world the wise man can understand”. He was against democracy because he believed that most people did not know what was best for them. They were too selfish and arrogant that surely their vote would not be one to benefit an entire society. I wonder, is democracy the best government for us today?

New Tricks From An Old Dog

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 15/08/2008

More than five centuries before the birth of Christ, when people were said to be “uncivilized” and technology was but a dream, there was a wise man who knew that there was only one simple rule in life. This rule can be applied up to the present moment, as I type these words, and has been expanded into what the world now knows as Confucianism.

He knew that a government works through the people’s rights and rules based on the natural morality that defines what is wrong and what is right. Confucianism is based on simple ethics: make sure everyone does what is right and punish those who do not. At present, the world’s leaders rule through bribery, coercion and torture. This is probably why wars and terrorism come as no surprise to human beings in this so-called “modern” time. Confucius saw the deeper purpose of legislation- rules were created not for people to live in fear of punishments; they were created so that people will have a more solid conscience and thus follow them to avoid the personal shame that comes with breaking these rules. Who knew we could learn new tricks from an old dog?

Governing Priorities and Favoritism

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 03/08/2008

There is a theory called the higher-order theory of consciousness. It simply states that a human being always has two or more mental states, such as a thought or emotion, during his period of consciousness and the one perceived to be of more importance is placed in a higher-order state, thus causing the person to focus his energy on that situation. The lower-order states are not ignored though, they are simply given less importance. Like favoritism in a family, the parents do not starve the other children; they just focus more attention on their favorite.

It is interesting how easily applicable this theory is to the government and how our leaders run the country. For people who make wrong decisions in prioritizing, they only mess up something that is important to them – at the very most, their lives. If a ruler of an entire nation makes unreasonable priorities, or worse- if they put themselves first, then an entire country is screwed. This is why it’s easy to deduce why a third-world country’s leaders are most likely engaging in graft and corruption, and the first-world countries have better roads, health and educational systems, means of transportation and economies in general.