My Voice, My Stand

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?

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