by Kieron McFadden
There is a common-sense moral code I try to live by. You can find it described in full at www.thewaytohappiness.org.
Precept ten is particlarly germane to what is happening with our government right now and I have pledged myself to applying this precept to the best of my ability.
“10. SUPPORT A GOVERNMENT DESIGNED AND RUN FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.
Unscrupulous and evil men and groups can usurp the power of government and use it to their own ends.
Government organized and conducted solely for self-interested individuals and groups gives the society a short life span. This imperils the survival of everyone in the land; it even imperils those who attempt it. History is full of such governmental deaths.
Opposition to such governments usually just brings on more violence.
But one can raise his voice in caution when such abuses are abroad. And one need not actively support such a government; doing nothing illegal, it is yet possible, by simply withdrawing one’s cooperation, to bring about an eventual reform. Even as this is being written, there are several governments in the world that are failing only because their people express their silent disagreement by simply not cooperating. These governments are at risk: any untimely wind of mischance could blow them over.
On the other hand, where a government is obviously working hard for ALL its people, rather than for some special interest group or insane dictator, one should support it to the limit.
There is a subject called “government.” In schools, they mostly teach “civics” which is merely how the current organization is put together. The real subject, “government” goes under various headings: political economy, political philosophy, political power, etc. The whole subject of “government” and how to govern can be quite precise, almost a technical science. If one is interested in having a better government, one that does not cause trouble, one should suggest it be taught at earlier ages in schools; one can also read up on it: it is not a very difficult subject if you look up the big words.
It is, after all, the people and their own opinion leaders who sweat and fight and bleed for their country. A government cannot bleed, it cannot even smile: it is just an idea men have. It is the individual person who is alive—you.
The way to happiness is hard to travel when shadowed with the oppression of tyranny. A benign government, designed and run for ALL the people, has been known to smooth the way: when such occurs, it deserves support.”
To this I would add my own opinions:
So far as I know, this code was written BEFORE the fall of Communism and whilst many countries were governed by the most oppressive, centralised, authoritiarian, thought-policed governments imaginable. And just as this precept states, they proved to be in such fragile condition, despite their intimidating outward appearance, they fell like a house of cards.
- We do not currently HAVE a government that is working for all the people.
- Yet we are probably not all that far fom having such a government, the current drift in the wrong direction notwithstanding.
- We should strive earnestly to create such a government..
- It will prove worth the effort and our children and children’s children will thank us.
this article was first published on UK Reloaded
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