“a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.”
The Greek word democracy means People (demos) and Power (kratos). By definition, democracy empowers the people by allowing them to influence the government of their country.
There is no doubt that freedom is fun. Who wouldn’t want civil rights and freedom of speech? Moreover, democracy reduces inequality and provides the same opportunities to everyone. As much as democracy has its benefits, it also has its downsides. With regards to the predicted future of Earth, these downsides may just be the cause of earth’s downfall. This post will discuss the downsides more extensively, such as those in power who are too negligent. They ignore The Precautionary Principle because of their own selfish desires, such as the desire for money and pleasure. It is an imprudence that corporations emit a large amount of greenhouse gas just to profit from doing so. Corporations like Nestle and Amazon have exploited poor countries and workers so that they can profit from it. Particularly, Amazon does not care about the violations of the people nor the earth as long as Amazon profits from it.
These companies may sugarcoat things by mentioning the few changes they do which are “eco friendly”, completely concealing the fact that everything else they do is harmful. Not only corporations can lie though, some politicians tend to lie in order to get people to vote for them. Alas, the voters may not have been fed the right information to vote accordingly, and this can in the worst case scenario result in corruption. Examples of presidents that have lied are Donald J. Trump, when he claimed under his presidency that the Coronavirus was “under control”. There were overcrowded hospitals, a shortage of disinfectant and masks, and more than a million deaths caused by the virus in the US alone after this lie was told. This doesn’t really have a direct tie to democracy though. It’s not like other government forms would have prevented the leaders from lying in order to retain peace amongst the people.
While democracy prevents fights and ensures rights for everyone, is there a better form of government that we could resort to? It all depends on what goal you would be trying to achieve. For instance, preserving nature, preventing pollution and solving global warming is almost impossible as long as democracy is in place. I regret to inform you that an autocracy or an oligarchy would be the most effective when it comes to preserving the earth and operating according to the Precautionary Principle. The best government form depends entirely on your values and the situations you could be placed in. Do you value your freedom, or do you value our earth more? The problem here is that values are subjective. We neglect the needs of our earth so that we can keep doing whatever we want whenever we want; just like those companies and corporations I mentioned above.
It would take a dictator to convert our habits into something more eco-friendly given where the earth is headed. In a democratic system, it is impossible to force corporations and companies to change how they do business, and it is impossible to change what people consume and produce so long as democracy is our highest function. A dictator would be able to shut down every single factor that breaks the Precautionary Principle. This would ensure a better future and life for the coming generations.
Imagine if reincarnation was proven to exist, imagine how painful it would be to live in the consequences of your own ignorance! And if I, through reincarnation, came to realize that I ruined my own home through my mindset that went like “I won’t be alive to experience the shit I left behind, so I’ll leave it to the others to clean up the mess I made”, then I would instantly regret it and come to learn whatever god or the universe wanted us to learn. Every single mistake we make has the core function of teaching us a lesson, so why wouldn’t reincarnation exist? Reincarnation being real would be the perfect opportunity of teaching us one of the biggest lessons we’ve yet to obtain! You know the lesson we apply to our children that “sometimes we need to sacrifice our own selfish needs in order to have a better development later on”, why can’t we continue to do whatever is best for ourselves in the future? Rim John once said
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons”.Rim John
We used to think our parents did things in order to hurt us – but it always turned out to be quite the opposite. Although it sucked, it was done for our own good! So why can’t we apply this to earth? Saving our future generations, our earth and life quality by shifting from a democracy to a totalitarian rule? This would of course require a great amount of faith and risk – but when push comes to shove, what other choice would we have the moment we find ourselves burning, drowning, and starving? This can’t be natural selection, because in the future we would have inflicted this upon ourselves, so giving our freedom and people power away would just be the small price to pay. Take China for example, they implemented a two child policy which limited the amount of children a person could have so as to prevent overpopulation. And guess what, China is authoritarian! If it was democratic, China would most likely become overpopulated to the point of experiencing a mass ecological degradation.
This article is written from a perspective in the future where we have allowed democracy to benefit impetuous and greedy people to the point where global warming and pollution has taken a hold on humanity. Democracy may function well for some countries in the present moment, but in the future it will surely be a different story. Therefore, maintaining democracy would be impossible if we were aiming to ensure the best possible future for both humanity and earth. You cannot have a democracy as long as you are required to follow the Precautionary Principle at all times.