July 05, 2005
The Case For Control
It's been a different week from the one that went by previously. I know I've been whining about how there's been nothing absolutely to accomplish during this short winter break. The past week, however, has left me gasping for breath. I've been busy mostly preparing for her birthday surprise, shuttling back and forth within my biological clock, trying desperately to set it right due to the irregular hours I've been keeping. Not that I'm complaining however, working at Phil's has been a pleasure really. Sometimes I do stop to wonder, however, if I'm eventually going to run myself down due to fatigue.
The hectic week however, hasn't stopped my thoughts from wandering. The past week witnessed a massive strike along Swanston Street and many parts of Melbourne Central, bringing traffic to a virtual standstill. And it's in times like these I stop to wonder whether democracy is worth it? After all's been said and done, everything about equality, constitution, recognition of personal worth, is democracy even a viable option? When people possess too much freedom, they will almost ALWAYS abuse that power. It's a proven fact. Can we trust the power to protest in the hands of uneducated construction workers or industrial labourers? Sure, we did. And look at the aftermath. Millions of dollars lost in economic value of the worktime lost, and millions more in the commuters who were affected by the shutting down of Melbourne Central. Is this what we have been striving for? An equal, democratic and yet inefficient and powerless society? Democracy has failed us, it has placed too much power in the hands of those who do not deserve it. And all this time, it hides under the guise of being a spokesperson for the people. The question is, at what cost for the general well-being of the country?
It's a well known fact. Geniuses come in the minorities. And these geniuses are the ones who propel countries to great endeavours, who drive the nation towards prosperity. The masses are simply a faceless, mindless horde who want to be controlled. The general population needs to be told what to believe, what to strive towards. Given too much autonomy, they become disorganised and chaotic, each only working towards his personal gain. And the result? An inefficient and directionless nation, crippled with bureaucracy and corruption. Individual differences must not be stamped out but controlled, creativity must be encouraged but within confines. Each person needs to believe that they contribute to society, even if they really don't. Those who bog down the economy with meaningless and damaging strikes must be rounded up and executed publicly, all in a show of government might. After all, why elect a government if we become eventually reluctant to hand over the reins of control?
But dictators are also prone to mistakes and corruption. That is a sad fact. And I fear that unless the world sees a 'perfect' dictator take control, it will forever find itself spiralling down that unnerving path towards democratic destruction.
Traveller fell apart at 3:49 AM