среда, 29 июня 2022 г.

An easy way to rid the world of misanthropy

 Being a nerd, I have learned a lot of modern literature about the social contract theory (theory of games, cooperation, egoism/altruism, etc). This conception is revealed, in particular, by modern biologists, who write that the ancient people lived, in fact, in an ideal democracy, because they lived in small groups. 10,000 years ago humanity moved from living in small groups to living in states based on a social contract. The authorities in these states began to establish laws against the selfish behavior of members of the states; but the tragedy of humanity was that since the representatives of power are also selfish individuals, they have begun to oppress those who do not have power, and then more and more immerse humanity in their paradigm, in particular, modify moral codes for themselves.

And I came to the conclusion that misanthropy in society arises as a by-product of the fact that the social contract is not abided by effectively enough. It may be difficult for me to formulate this exactly, but I am sure that in principle this is true. Suppose you condemn people for driving selfishly on the roads. But they also suffer from it, so they will vote for laws prohibiting such driving. Those, in an ideal democracy, your attitude towards others will be determined not by how they behave, but by what they vote for. If in the future ways of forming morality in a person are developed (for example, methods of upbringing), in a democracy, people will vote for this to become widespread.

Near-perfect democracy is not so unattainable: for this it is enough to write in the constitution the rule that any law can be adopted only through a referendum (with the possible exception of martial law). At first glance, it may seem that such a system will not work, since an ordinary citizen is a layman in matters of governing the country. But this will not be such a big problem, since the referendums will be initiated by the authorities, i.e. experts, and they only need to convince the population of their position (by raising the level of education of the population for this).

However, for this system to work well, one more step is needed: a law on compulsory post-school education. For example, each citizen will have to spend half an hour a day studying materials that help understand the government of the country, and in case of non-compliance, pay an increased tax. I believe that the principle must be implemented: each citizen can choose what information he will study, but he must justify why, as he believes this information will help him vote more correctly, and this explanation should sound reasonable (this idea develops 20 article of the United Nations Convention against Corruption).

And then a new problem arises: since the resources of the brain are limited, it is difficult for a person to be versatile, and if he spends a lot of time studying the issues of running a country, he will earn less in his main job. Accordingly, a society in which the state forces everyone to study the issues of governing the country will be more reasonable and less likely to make erroneous decisions, but at the same time, it may militarily and economically lose competition to societies in which such norms do not exist. Therefore, such a society must export its way of life, perhaps even by military means. This is similar to the idea of ​​exporting democracy by military means, which I fully support (“so that the barbarians do not conquer Rome, we must make Rome everywhere”).

2 комментария:

  1. Although I have already commented on the post about referendums, I want to say again: in my opinion, it is not so much the form of the referendum (or the preparation of people for it) that is important, but the general level of education. To improve the situation, it is not necessary to introduce post-school education, but to normalize regular school education. Then people will not stop in self-development even after school.

    And the problem of misanthropy seems to me quite local (albeit a big one). Such common truths that "all people are essentially the same as you and you need to be able to take their place" people should learn with mother's milk. And if not, then the school should fix it. Of course, this is from anger at the system, but also from the unwillingness to analyze the actions of people, but only to blame them for everything.

    And one more thing about referendums. The thought occurred to me that you write that it is enough to write an article in the constitution and there will be heaven on earth (or democracy). It's like the context doesn't matter. The constitution can be rewritten (not always for the better). In my opinion, a much more important question is who will control those who will violate the constitution. An ideal system of checks and balances has not been developed even in theory. It still allows governments to ignore the opinion of the vast majority of people. I don't have a clear idea of how this can be done.

    1. Maybe the "ideology of Maidan" is an alternative to the system of checks and balances (they do the same thing - if a ruler starts opressing the people in his country, he will be overthrown either by other governors or by the people, nation).