The first and basic definition … right from the internet (which of course never lies) … is “the governing body of a nation, state, or community”. Or in even simpler terms … the ones in charge. So the next question for me is why exactly do we need a government? In small groups, the reality is we don’t. But as population grows, it becomes more and more necessary for some sort of regulatory force, humans being what they are (which is basically selfish and contentious). So the way I see it, government serves one basic purpose … to guide those that it governs in such a way that the community can be a healthy and productive community. In my mind that is the soul purpose of a government.
It is how this purpose is accomplished which ultimately causes all the problems.
There are basically two types of people who SEEK to be in charge. Those who genuinely have the welfare of the community in their mind and think they know how to achieve it … and those who seek personal power. The two goals are not always mutually exclusive … but it is rare to find someone who seeks both goals. The form the government will take is very dependent on the specific goals of those who take the power in the first place, and, frankly, the size of the population being governed. Since more often than not those who SEEK the power want it for their own benefit … the easiest form of government to start is basically one led by strength and fear. Over time this will become ingrained in the very structure of a given society … and dynasties are formed. Some tyrannical, some not so much … but still the power lies in the hands of the few instead of the many.
In those instances when the community actually takes precedence over personal agendas, democratic style governments emerge. Democratic governments may ultimately seem the most enlightened and socially conscious form of governments, but they are really rather impractical when the population gets beyond a certain size … unless everyone begins seeing the world the same (an unlikely scenario at our current level of human awareness). So over time, again … dynasties are formed and the true power ends up in the hands of the few instead of the many. The ONLY way to combat this trend is education. It takes thinking minds capable of making informed choices to allow a democracy to STAY a democracy.
So what is my point? The world is currently made up of 196 governing forces, each of these often broken up in to smaller governing forces … and maybe even broken down even further. I can’t give a specific percentage, because such a statistic does not exist (and statistics are basically flexible facts anyway), but I can safely say with little argument that MOST of the governing forces in today’s world are …
… FAILING US!
Governments are there for one of two reasons only: to take care of PEOPLE or to serve a personal agenda. Which kind of government do YOU want to live under. As far as I can see, these days the majority of governments do not care about people. They care about profit. They care about lines on a map. They care about THINGS. They care about who has the biggest gun and the loudest shout. What they do NOT actually care about is their whole reason for being.
And WE are letting it happen!
War is a horrible thing, but unfortunately sometimes it becomes necessary. Pacifism in the face of violent aggression is like trying to cure a cancer with a cup of water. That said, it is only necessary under VERY SPECIFIC scenarios. Those who choose to be combatants in war (the soldiers) are aware of what they signed up for … that is their CHOICE. But the non-combatants do NOT choose to die for their government … rather they want to live their lives. So when war starts to kill non-combatants, it has already stepped beyond possible necessity into simply WRONG. When that war is within the bounds of your own realm of influence (i.e. the people you govern), and non-combatants are STILL dying, you simply prove that you have no care for the people you govern (or seek to govern), and that it is ALL for personal gain. At that point the war has become downright EVIL.
So what does that say about a world of governments that looks on and chooses to do NOTHING about it?
The US has decided that a line was crossed when chemical weapons were (supposedly) used. In what sane world is it ok to simply kill children and unarmed families … but only become wrong when the weapons used happen to threaten us too? The UN … United Nations … which is really far from either … decided that it is none of their business, and is condemning the US for deciding it IS their business … meanwhile secretly hoping that the US will do as it says. The US has a moral compass that has been spinning for a long time now. We have been in several wars uninvited … and now we are actually being ASKED for help and everyone is saying “leave em alone !”
The simple truth here is that those in power in the world are generally on personal agendas, and really do not care for those they have power over. And WE are letting them get away with it! If we want a chance of peace in this world, we need to step beyond the borders of maps, and join together as HUMANS and teach our governments what their purpose actually is again. We can’t just wish or pray for change.
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