Democracy rhymes with hypocrisy for a reason

I will normally steer clear of politics in this blog. However, as elected officials in Washington seem to have squeezed together a compromise on federal debt and spending, this seemed to be a perfect time to publish something I wrote several months ago about the art of compromise and its importance in human life.

You see, democracy rhymes with hypocrisy for a reason. I contend that we are all both liberals and conservatives…at the same time. Within every one of us are two competing natures: the desire to win and the desire to help someone else win. When you dig down to the most fundamental level, democracy is the most successful government on Earth because it is the only form of government that allows us to be human. That is, it is a form of government that accepts the fact that to be human is to be in conflict between selfism and altruism. Democracy is not about resolving conflicts between individuals; it is about resolving conflicts within individuals.

Ecclesiastes talks about this in the Old Testament. The words in Chapter 3, verses 1-8 will feel very familiar to you. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot the plant…” Embedded within God’s creatures and all of His creation is a natural but shifting need for balance. We have to push and we have to pull; it’s part of our DNA.

I have no patience for those who call politicians hypocrites. To be a hypocrite, that is to hold two conflicting points of view, is to be human. The survival of the human race requires varying (never equal) measures of competitor and nurturer. There is a time for war and a time for peace. Democracy, and more specifically, the interlocking, self-limiting form of democracy of the United States, does not just encourage hypocrisy among our leaders, it demands it.

And if we’re smart, we would realize that we would have it no other way. within Gods creatures and all of His creation is a natural but shifting need for balance. We have to push and we have to pull; it’s part of our DNA.

I have no patience for those who call politicians hypocrites. To be a hypocrite, that is to hold two conflicting points of view, is to be human. The survival of the human race requires varying (never equal) measures of competitor and nurturer. There is a time for war and a time for peace. Democracy, and more specifically, the interlocking, self-limiting form of democracy of the United States, does not just encourage hypocrisy among our leaders, it demands it.

And if we’re smart, we would realize that we would have it no other way.

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One thought on “Democracy rhymes with hypocrisy for a reason

  1. Hi Sweetie.
    I liked this one too. I also wanted to let you know that your copying duplicated some at the end and I wondered if anything was missed.
    I love you. Have a great day.

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