The sad – yet slightly heartwarming – need for Politics

Jailed Bird

Today’s post will be brief. I hope. I have a Sociology assignment which I am neglecting. It’s about Racism, so we can all understand my excitement.

I would write a whole testament about my views on Anarchy, but those who came before me managed to do it quite well, so for now, some Tolstoy for the soul:

“The Anarchists are right in everything; in the negation of the existing order, and in the assertion that, without authority, there could not be worse violence than that of authority under existing conditions. They are mistaken only in thinking that Anarchy can be instituted by a revolution. “To establish Anarchy.” “Anarchy will be instituted.” But it will be instituted only by there being more and more people who do not require protection from governmental power, and by there being more and more people who will be ashamed of applying this power.”

Indeed, they seem to be quite right when it comes to their views on the various political systems and how they (fail to) work in society. But it is also true that there isn’t, or there shouldn’t be anything revolutionary about Anarchy. Those marches, protests, t-shirts with big, bloody, rebellious red As in circles, etc… all that doesn’t really help the cause. It’s not that Anarchy rules, rather, the Government is not doing its job – to protect us. But protect us from what? Ourselves? That’s something I’ve shed some light on in one of my previous posts, “Why Freedom Wouldn’t Work”, so I’ll leave it quiet for now.

In my humble opinion, Anarchy sounds great but it is unfortunately not as feasible as we would like. Not because it would breed chaos and all that, but rather because we need a government. Aristotle said that “man is by nature a political animal”, so if Politics is in our nature, then who are we to deny it?

Also, people dream of the ideal society in which we don’t have to abide by any rules nor be accountable to any authorities. That sounds lovely. Really la vie en rose, however, what comes into question here is not the legitimacy of these authorities we are under, but whether we would be able to live without them.

We complain about the Government, but can we govern ourselves?

Are we as autonomous as we like to think? Are we as able to make as many decisions as we would like? Are we able to pursue our self-interests without harming those next to us? Are we able to make use of the limited available resources without exploiting them, leaving them to be used by others? Are we able to produce, to create long-term goals, to achieve them and to maintain them? Are our minds so smart and our experiences so wide that we can look at the bigger picture? Can we decide whether we build a new road or a new school? Can we meet economic and social goals by ourselves?

I don’t know about you, reader. (to all the flies out there) But as for me, in these short 18 years of life I have had the privilege of owning thus far, I get shaken by the complexity of the bureaucracy system when I need to get my Visa for a foreign country, not so sure how I’d handle the paperwork for building a new school. We are born, and we need our mother to feed us, to govern our own stomach. We grow up, and we still need our parents to govern our lives. We reach 18 years old and are now supposed to take control of things, but people in their 40s still wish they had someone to “help them through life”. If we can’t seem to decide what dress to wear without asking our gals, or what car to buy without consulting a car magazine… then how successful would we be if we didn’t have the Government to do that job for us? Whether they are doing it well or not is not the case here. Whether we are able to do this job or not is what comes into question.

And finally, something I found while reading the Bible,

” It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice. Such a youth could rise from poverty and succeed. He might even become king, though he has been in prison. But then everyone rushes to the side of yet another youth who replaces him. Endless crowds stand around him, but then another generation grows up and rejects him, too. So it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:13-16)

Besides not being able to govern ourselves, we seem to not be able to decide who will do that job for us, so we keep going in circles! Meh. Nothing new under the sun.

[picture: http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/255/f/8/jailed_bird_by_redizzabelle-d5efxv7.jpg]

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4 thoughts on “The sad – yet slightly heartwarming – need for Politics

  1. I believe we are far more comfortable with “anarchy” than with being ruled. Historical evidence aside (the endless references to mankind’s struggle against oppression), take a look at your own everyday life. How many times do you actually need someone (government) to make your decisions for you? The more you think about it, the less relevance governors actually have in your true existence.

    1. I think that the need to be autonomous is very important. However, we can’t be, or haven’t been able to thus far, be as autonomous as we would like. And that’s the point I tried to make.

      Thank you for your comment!

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