better world · Politics and Government

A different kind of democracy. Part 1 – Laws and equality

What is the connection between democracy, laws and equality? Laws are one of the most important aspects of any society. It determines its values and dictate a certain set of principles for general cooperation in society. The creations of laws, lay down a certain set of rules allowing to a society to evolve and prosper. This frame affects the social order, politics, economy, the educational system and create the local perspective about history.

The creation of laws is attached to human society for many years. It can be find in “the laws hammurabi” (1754 BC), the Egyptian old society (Code of Ur-Nammu 2100 BC), the Jewish (the 10 commitments), Chinese society and many other ancient civilizations. It can be said, that for keeping a certain order in any human collaboration, a set of rules is needed for the sake of promoting easier and better cooperation.

The values of freedom and equality have a direct connection to the concept of laws. The first is a fundamental issue in any step of its creation and the second dictates the hierarchy and power of the law itself. To make it simple, any law diminishes or expand the freedom of a person, group or organisation by default. Even if the specific legislation does not talk about It specifically, in all the cases it will affect the freedom of its subject in a way or another.

Equality from the other side, is more a question of the power of the law itself and its validity. Looking on the manner laws are created, enforced and preserved in a certain society can help us evaluate the status of it social order and structure. The equality of ALL the people in front of the law are one of the most distinctive difference between and democracy and a dictatorship. Moreover, trusting the law system and its internal integrity is one of the most important factor when it comes to progress.

The power of democracy

One of the main reasons places like Amsterdam and Venice has historically prospered in the 13th century, was their law system and enforcement. Cooperation require trust. Equality in front of the law and a fair set of laws, are simplifying the creation of such a trust system. It can be seen also in our days. The reason people are willing to invest in some places, is based on their believe in the set of rules in the local market and in the power of the local government/ management to enforce and keep these rules.

If all that is true, looking on the majority of the countries in the western culture will automatically raise some questions about the validity of their system as a democracy. The system of laws and its reinforcement is far from being enforced equally on all its citizens. The evolution of our law system is more influenced by lobbyist, economical need and local government than by a certain set of philosophy promoting the good of the people. The capacity of an individual ”to protect itself in front of the law” (Which is already absurd) depends more of its economical capacity that its rightfulness.

In case we are searching to start to understand what is wrong in our system and find some constructive ways to re-establish it, this is where we should start. A new era of globalization is evolving, in which the people have more power than ever. This power lay in our new tools of communication and sharing. I believe that the key to create create a better future for our society, the laws, their enforcement and the trust of the people in the equality and fairness of the system is crucial.

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better world · education · Time- What is it all about

The connection between time and freedom – Part 1. Introduction

There is a direct connection between time and freedom. In the life we are living at the 21st century, the technological developments and the cultural routine has change the way we live. It brought many to live a life, in which the main occupation of an individual is based on a monotonic and repetitive cruel daily routine.

For most of us, the routing goes as followed. We are waking up around the same hour every day, going to work and taking a lunch. Coming back to our home, handling with some previous obligations and making some home assignment. Eating dinner and finishing the day in front of the television for the sake of letting our head rest.

For a small amount of people, this routine is enjoyable and satisfying. But for the majority of the people, after a short period of repetition, a deep feeling of exhaustiveness , boredom and even a small feeling of depression is starting to be felt. It is true to say, that life is a cycle. The days and night are cycling together with the seasons and with our need to sleep, eat and drink. But somehow, those do not affect us mentally as the daily repetition of our working habits.

Without any doubts, routines are healthy and allow us to feel secure. It allow us to plan forward and believe in the stability of a long lasting life. In the reality, our life are a roller coaster, which makes our life interesting and exciting. Without it, we will just live a linear life which is not worth living.

The connection between time and freedom
So how come some routines make us happy and some miserable? As it looks to me, it is all connected to the individual perceptive of time. Time, counted in hours, minutes and seconds is a dangerous concept if taken to seriously. It absorbs our mental freedom, chain us to a master that dictate our existence as it fix us in time. To make it simple, by accepting the concept of time, we become bound to a subconscious understanding of how much have past and how much we still have to go.

In the book I will publish next month called “Back to Ourselves”, I’m developing a conversation about how dangerous is to put to much important into details. Without any doubt, the time as we perceive it, fall under this category. The fascinating thing with time, is that after a short period of adaptation it becomes a fundamental instrument of our unconscious. An example for it, is our capacity to decide to wake up in a certain time, and then by magic we wake up in that specific moment.

I will write a series of post on the subject, in which I will develop the idea of the chain of time, show the direct connection between time and money in our society and the dangerous effects it have on our freedom. In this early stage of our conversation, it is important to understand that the tool of time, is an invention made by the end of the day, the a world that is counted in minutes and hours exist only in our head. As such, it create stress only when adopted by an individual.

Time, have a direct connection to how we perceive ourselves, earn our income and plan ahead. It’s in many cases, a reason for stress and depression if seen in the wrong way.

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