Democracy: The Cornerstone of modern society. Many cling to this idea as if it's the only thing can save humanity from itself. Yet as the world develops and Democracy is spread, how does this mentality effect the overall population? While I'm hardly a Psychlogist by trade, I do have the fortune to work in one of humanity's earliest culture driving professions: Hospitality.
Every day I spend making coffee and bringing food for every day folks in a small town. These are honest, hard working people who are doing their best for the people around them. Their hearts genuinely believe in the things they do day to day, even if some of those things are acted in ignorance. Yet there's something I can't shake about how they behave on day to day things that just irks me.
I've spent years trying to find why I always feel so angry and frustrated when dealing with people. There's a reason I stay in a job that makes me feel like I want to rip my hair out every day. Part of my observations have been seeing exactly how the concept of voting has changed over the years- and how those overall ideas have effected our culture.
Democracy and entitlement have created a strange sub-section of psychology within people that leads them to believe so fervently in their ideals that they're willing to pass laws to ensure those ideals are enacted. There doesn't seem anything particularly wrong on the surface to this idea. Follow me down this rabbit hole and hopefully I can help you understand.
Ever since seeing these behaviors on a day to day basis, I've had to think long and hard about what voting and government means to me. I've always leaned towards Libertarian, but even that is hard for me to stomach. Let's go back to Democracy being an agent of change. If good people are voting their consciences, then what do we have to worry about?
Perhaps the biggest worry for me isn't even the corrupt politicians that come from our Democratic system. It's seeing good, hard working people decide that voting is all they need to do to help their communities. It's seeing good people turn angry and vengeful at the mention of a political topic that honestly wouldn't effect them at all if it weren't brought up in the first place. It's seeing people's every day beliefs turn into personal moral crusades against others.
Democracy seems pretty harmless in itself, but the idea of voting does come with some heavy weight. Even if you aren't the one creating laws or enacting them, you're giving your approval for someone else to. Let's not forget these laws can effect millions of people you don't even know. Yet that doesn't stop anyone from voting.
And what happens when someone disagrees with these laws? Even if a peaceful protest is made, so are arrests. Peoples lives are broken and taken away from them in the name of laws made by men who may not fully understand the circumstances that lead another person to live the way they do. Yet that doesn't stop anyone from voting.
Voting has somehow detached us from the rest of our fellow man. How can we honestly say that we care about others when those very same ideals are pushing through laws that are hurting others that we don't even know? Many would explain that for every person that may be hurt, another may be saved. Is it not worth it for the purpose of the greater good?
Is the greater good really worth it to destroy even one person's life? What could that life have been? And that's where Sociopathy comes in. This subtle but very problematic mental problem comes in to play in a major way when you realize exactly what Democracy and "The Greater Good" is making people ok with doing. Every day people who would never dream of hurting another directly, are essentially giving their approval for someone else to do the hurting for them.
This doesn't even begin to cover how our willingness to spread Democracy forcefully throughout the world has changed our psychology. People who would never point the gun themselves are giving the ok for others to do it in their name. Their tax dollars are going to these campaigns, and not many are standing up to oppose it.
I can't even begin to touch how this increase in Sociopathic tendencies(no matter how mild) has effected our own citizenry. With all the talk of gun violence and how it's increased over the years, I think people are missing the point if they're pointing the blame at guns. Our culture is breeding people who are ok with killing. It's not surprising when you grow up with people all around you trying to tell you how to live your life.
It doesn't always have to be directly involved with voting or politics either. This mentality has more people delving in gossip and social survival in ways I can't even begin to wrap my head fully around. Ever had someone tell you what you should do with your life? Pretty much every person has at some point. Is this the right way to approach others? No. Not at all.
I would like to close by saying I am not saying that Democracy in itself is the problem. Despite my distaste for it altogether, I am not here to tell the rest of the world how to be. I'm simply here to point out that Democracy, combined with an entitled mentality(which has been brewing for generations, not just millennials), is what is driving a political system that breeds Sociopathic tendencies.
There are still a lot more observations to be made, and great care to be had in how we approach fixing this problem. We can't persecute people with the same fervor of belief that is causing this problem. I guess what we really need is to remember Liberty comes with responsibility to self and noone else. The world and others don't owe us anything, and that's exactly why we should help each other.
I believe kindness and patience to those you don't know or don't understand truly is what will help fix this overall problem.