Posts tagged "questioning"

Two thousand years ago, Plato wrote the collected dialogues

Two thousand years ago, Plato wrote the collected dialogues in which he presented the views of Socrates on the important issues of those times. Socrates, Plato tells us, argued that books would destroy thought. How could this be? After all, books, reading, and writing are considered to be the very essence of the educated, intellectual citizen. How could one of the foremost thinkers of civilization deny their importance?

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Questioning democracy

Why it is not allowed to question democracy? Why this became a taboo? An idea you do not question? A human artifact you do not want to improve? We wage wars in the name of the democracy. It is a stop word for any discussion: “This is not democratic.” Yes? Maybe? It is good to recognize this, but not to stop discussion because of that.

How many of you can count how many times democracy went wrong? How many of you can count how many times a dictatorship turned good? Do you even know about benevolent dictators from our past? Do you believe that there have been none? Or you just have not learned about them? I agree that we have come far in our search for a good system to govern ourselves, but we must not stop our search here. We should be able to look in all directions for clues to guide us to the system which would really have people at its core. Not just in the name.

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