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.

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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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Start Signing petitions today – You can change the world

Start signing petitions on a weekly basic, is a fantastic way to actively create a better world. It is true that for a single person that do not want to engage himself to much in changing the world, not many real possibility exist. Petition is by far one of the available solutions. Living in the a big city, can make individuals feel small and unimportant. I heard it from many people I spoke with about changing the world. Here is a way to start making the difference.

With the development of the mega cities and the global platform, the world problems has become abstract for many people. This recent developments has positioned governments, banks and our justice system far and detached from the population they need to serve. Many of us lives with the feeling something is wrong and would probably like to do something about it. But due to the lack of available tools, the majority of the people just accept on themselves the reality. This acceptance by the people have a name, It is called “Learned helplessness“.

Petition makes the difference. Especially if they are managed by serious organisations. It is true that many of them do not bring to a big change. But they are giving the power needed for the fighting people and prove that we actually care. There is something extraordinary in following the petition you singed. It give satisfaction and makes you feel you are part of something bigger than yourself. Something we all need.

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If people will start signing 3 petition a week, the world will probably start looking better. Not only because of the positive feeling It gives in the morning. Which can bring to many the energy they are missing when waking up. but because if more activism will be done in the subject, it will give the right organisation more power. Which will probably make the self interest cooperation’s and politicians think a bit more, before acting against the people they suppose to serve.

People in this world actually care. They want to change the world and they need your help. It is free, very comfortable and take only a few moment. Start signing petition today.

Many petition made a real difference, I’m personally engaged in signing petition in the following websites:

Change.org – Actual petition that worked by this organisation. Corporations stop funding anti-gay discrimination. Teen magazines stop Photoshopping models. Beef industry ditches pink slime. Cell phone companies take on domestic violence

Amnesty International – This organisation is changing the world and making the difference on a global scale.

Avaaz.org

This is only a small list out of many options of endless organisation that need your help. Now that you know you can help, you just need to start. 1 Petition is better than 0. a small help is always better than non. Take actions today.

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