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?

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?