Yes Ok. I take back everything I said about Charles Clarke not being as bad as Mr Blunkett. Since when have we condoned house arrest for a subjects of her majesty? This is getting too close to America and police state mentality for my liking.
Sunday, June 1, 2003
What is democracy? Is it really just a vote once every couple of years. What is it? Is it caring about other people, an extension of trying to help? Like wanting to be friends with everyone or trying to help all your friends, and make them happy and stuff.
Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the opposition party in Burma. It’s not a country that allows for an oppositions party, expecially not one that promotes democracy.
Burma’s Suu Kyi arrested
Does her fate make my opinions on democracy naive and childish? I guess it must make me seem stupid that a woman goes through house arrest after house arrest; restrictions of her freedoms one after the other and I see democracy as being an extension of friendship. Or are these thoughts the trivialising of what friendship is. The continual spider light link that occurs without anyone really knowing why or how it occurred.
Can I say democracy is an extension of love? If it is then anyone could endure anything in order to see that everyone might experience it. Or am I being too American in my seeing democracy as an extension of love? Not that the Americans seem to understand democracy but it seems to be an American trait to over-enthuse and overbuild such things.
There is no rush, no thrill to voting. But there is a thrill to trying to achieve freedom, the inconcievable subject that it is, trying to fly without wings. The smallest impossibility that never occurs, I guess that it democracy. And it has similarities now to romantic love, the impossible dream. The chivalric ideal that never occurs save in memory. ‘I never understand these small moments why can’t we have the memories and nothing more?’ And we have democracy supposedly invented in Ancient Greece, its an ideal. Its never going to be entirely real.
Freedom within its human limits that’ll be there somewhere, on planet earth eventually. If we’re going to believe in love then let us fight for democracy. Let us fight for art and beauty and all the ideals but let us have some sort of democracy first so that we can all fight for the amazing things that humankind can create.
Posted by Mish @ 01:38 AM GMT [Link]