He likes to reflect on human transactions in many colors, each of them leading to a horde of imponderables, human or nonhuman.
Computer is a success. Every moment, it is making our society, better, and the earth, a happier place to live. How?
Computers Follow Success
What can we learn from a computer? That there is always success, except when there is a strong reason against it, I think is the primary lesson. One can cite many reasons for this. Computers adhere completely to a programmed path, and, it does not get swayed, for example, by passion, are only a few. I think, the single most important reason is nothing else but the fact that everywhere, there is a 'default'. Which, even when is of no good, ensures that things do not go from bad to worse. Such steps or instructions keep the issue under its care in a state that is never irredeemable, whatever be the changes brought by external or internal causes.
Humans Strive for Success
By these standards, human is not at all a success. We regularly find something undesirable in every human society and its constituents. As long as we succeed in keeping such elements away from the ideals that happens to be in vogue currently, we continue to pat ourselves on the back, overlooking all the ills. Otherwise, we quietly change our ideals such that there is no confrontation between those very elements and the current ideals, while blaming the elements themselves for all the ills. However, as one can imagine, in such a scenario, things are always on a journey from bad to worse. We just refuse to acknowledge it, and also, ignore the ever-present threat of those very elements reappearing. Rather, we make such threats or failures a distinct element of the human, all the while feeling proud of the fact that those things are not there in other forms of life.
In fact for all these years, the journey of the human race has been a silent acknowledgment of this. Think of the age of exploration, the age of discovery, the period thereafter, or the present time, what else but success we have been striving for?
We are yet to realize it. When one goes behind the secrets of plant life, or survey the animal world, or something else, rather than the outcome, it is the range of activities in connection with such efforts that makes one contented the most. The fact that the efforts led to a success is far more significant than what the success did or is capable of doing. An intelligent life, we are, but why miss such an obvious inference as this?
Strive for Success in Governance
In the light of the above, let us examine an important facet of human society, namely, governance, and see where we stand. In fact all countries of the world are governed, more or less in the same manner, and we place the mechanism of that governance, democracy, at a high pedestal. But, to me, this does not sound logical enough.
We know, each human is a world unto himself, having one's own priorities and compulsions. Naturally, countries, rather a collection of different societies, will also have its own motive. Let us say, that is the defining character of a country, one derived from all its citizens. It is only natural that the style of governance suited to each country should vary, being closely linked to its defining character.
In such a scenario, it should not matter whether we are governed by a democracy, aristocracy, or whatever. As long as we are able to change it at our will, the one most suited will be in place, anytime. Therefore, it stands to reason to think that only the power to replace governments need to rest with the people, the selection being done by whatever means convenient to each country.
But, in reality, after experimenting with monarchy, as well as checking into a few others like communism, almost all human societies have taken to democracy for good.
Governance and Successful Life
Here, essentially the people have to do three things. One, to choose the ones who will govern them. Two, to put up with the choice, in a prescribed manner, and that too giving all possible allocation to vagaries of human behavior, for a given period. And three, to assess the governance and to choose again, whether to continue with the same, or to go for a fresh one.
Something does not make sense. People are required to do a lot of work to get themselves governed. Much of it relates to preparatory activities, like receiving instructions and directions for living ones life. And they hardly get the opportunity or time to live that life, and to see whether there was room for improvement. (However, they are quite happy about it, unlike everywhere else, where they insist on doing things with efficiency. This merits further study.)
Governance for Successful Life
I therefore think, we need to restructure our style of governance. An easy path is, just as we have seen above in the case of computer programs, by utilizing the power and ease of 'default'. Let us choose and install a government to follow certain established norms. Where, the outlook and the experience, the human race gained over the years can be utilized to formulate those norms. Now, the only thing the citizens will have to do will be to monitor the performance of such a government. If and when instances of lack of success come to light, it should be calling for a change, when the relevant part of the government, or the norms, or both, are reviewed or replaced in a prescribed manner. And for governance, a self-correcting mechanism will come into existence. Needless to say, in such a scenario, the government shall be finding ways and means to meet all the expectations of all the people, all the time.
1) The country chooses a default government. A good way is to conduct an open competitive examination.
2) Citizens keep recording their satisfaction or otherwise.
3) Whenever the recorded value crosses a threshold, the government, or the part that can be identified as the culprit, is told to go home.
In A Sentence:
A citizen, rather than electing, decides whether to let a government continue or not.
At any time, we shall be having a proactive government, since, if it is not so, at least some of those at positions of responsibility and power shall have to pack up soon, making it so. Also, the citizenry shall be rather free to pursue its call.
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