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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"I Don't #&@$ With You!"

Why is it so difficult for democracies to persuade most of the people that they're "all in this together"? (125)
President John F. Kennedy famously said, “A rising tide lifts all boats (Khan).” This quote comes from the idea that “improvements in the general economy will benefit all participants in the economy (Wikipedia contributors).” Though this quote means well, it is a flawed philosophy rooted in the thought that we are all in this together. Democracies seek to push the greater good forward, but the greater good is made up of individuals. Individuals will always look after their own interests before they look out for the interest of others. Thus, democracies are left trying to persuade the often unpersuadable.
Democracies are built to promote the idea that a collective we is greater than an individual I. The flaw in this philosophy can be traced back to a clear, distinct flaw. The concept of the true nature of good and evil serves as a hurdle to bringing the masses together. Look at the plight of Julius Caesar! Caesar desired to give people a voice, but that idea threatened the interests of the aristocrats. Thus, the evil side of man rises to the surface and the good essence of man suffers. Therefore, we come face to face with the reality that interests of a few will endanger the hopes of many.
Works Cited
Khan, Shamus. "We Are Not All in This Together." The New York Times 14 Dec. 2013: n. pag. Web. 25 May 2016.

Wikipedia contributors. "A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 2016. Web. 25 May 2016.

1 comment:

  1. The current election season COULD be an opportunity to really debate the perennial question of how to balance individual "libertas" with the collective interests of the community: the billionaire who defends unfettered individual self-seeking in the unregulated marketplace VS. the liberal who said "it takes a village" etc. I'm afraid the Circus Maximus will overtake serious debate, though, once again. But note, Bernie keeps saying "we're all in this together" and calls that, correctly, a spiritual view.