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A Mini Series: 9. Being Young Today
age 20, USA
What is the role of democracy today?
I think people choosing to behave democratically in a world, which is gradually becoming more afraid and consequently more selfish, the rise of individualism which in some ways in hugely celebrated in democratic countries is ironically the philosophical downfall of the core values of democracy which rest upon the principal of social unity. As we struggle to solve the enormous issues that we have placed before our global society today I think we will find that the role of democracy, must reach out beyond being a governmental idea and become a social global reality. We cannot have democracy in one small bubble of the world which is funded by totalitarianism in another part of the world. That is not truly democracy. And it cannot be sustained.
I think that we will see an interesting fusion of classical democracy with social discipline. Certain universal social disciplines. Ultimately a democracy where people are encouraged by the local culture to simply take advantage of all available resources, all available labor, lacks a certain moral aspect which makes democracy un-sustainable. And in negotiating for a new democracy, we will be treading on some dangerous territory of maintaining an ideology of freedom while promoting social discipline simultaneously. I think many global leaders will be faced with the moral problem of trying to control the actions of the people they are responsible for to avoid greater crisis while simultaneously preserving those peoples freedoms. In this process we may see some very beautiful and some very terrifying transformations of the idea that is today called democracy.