If you were starting from scratch wanting to build an ideal society, what would you include? My thinking on these subjects leads down many roads, some of which are paved with idealism and the direction in which l head.
Yes, you may find my ideas a touch idealistically romantic, even simplistic, but that’s where I position myself as I write.
My society is a collection of people who desire to express themselves in every human endeavour: A collective who has aspirations of conducting their humanity, labour, learning, aspirations, spirituality, art, poetry, play and exploration with the richest possible diversity and at the very centre of my society would be empathy instilled in their learning, and the common good would be at the centre of their politics regardless of ideology.
This common good with equality of opportunity for all would be enshrined in its constitution.
It would be a society where one’s sexual preference or, indeed, one’s gender wouldn’t be the determinant by which one’s character is judged. One’s skin colour would say nothing about anyone other than perhaps their geographical origins.
My society would advance the individual’s right to pursue whatever they desire, including the pursuit of money, which would only be regulated by the principles of the collective common good and in consideration of everyone’s entitlement to an equitable share of society’s wealth.
In my democratic society, people would be guaranteed freedom of expression, including the right to disagree but be reminded that debate is not necessarily about winning. It is an exchange of many things. Facts, ideas and principles. All have a place. But when broken down, it is simply the art of persuasion in its purest form.
In my enlightened society, the suggestion that we must legislate one’s right to hate another person would be considered intellectually barren.
Access to health and welfare would be guaranteed and access to treatment assured.
Most importantly, the principle that we should treat others in the same manner we expect them to treat us would be indelible in every citizen’s mind.
My society would have a healthy regard for science over myth and mysticism but simultaneously recognise that each individual has a right to express their spirituality in their way so long as it doesn’t corrupt the aspirations of ‘commongoodism‘.
My society would be judged by its welcoming and treatment of its most vulnerable citizens, including the aged, the homeless, the poor, and those seeking asylum.
Accessibility to the law, regardless of stature or wealth, would be available to everyone.
It would be a progressive society. One that wouldn’t resist change on the foolish assumption that we can make permanent that which makes us feel secure. Change would be part of the very fabric of our existence.
My ideal society would acknowledge that a democratic group mentality advances society better than dictatorial individuality.
In democratic societies our herding instincts are realised by electing quality leaders who form the government.
A fitness to serve stipulation would seek a clause in our constitution to as much as possible guarantee that the most gifted serve in our Parliament.
Individual or collective ambition can only happen within a social structure built and controlled by a sympathetic government.
If we live in a democracy, then it must be the elected officials that decides and regulates society’s advancement and who provide the environment in which to do so.
Therefore, every parliamentarian must abide by the principles of a constitution independently devised by the people and a bill of rights under a newly formed republic.
In reality, very little is done in the name of progress that cannot be credited in some way to the government.
I get somewhat tempestuous about the decline in our democracy and the corruption that has accompanied it.
Amid the angry voices intent on doing over one’s opponent, there must be people who have a genuine desire to change our democracy for the better. There has never been a better opportunity than now.
What do you think?
My thought for the day
Of all the things that have caused the disintegration in the public’s trust in the body politic. It is the lack of a truth that defines it.
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