Not being considered idiots

In Classic Greece, the image of established order presides political structural and any violation of the order seems as blasphemous, since it defies the norm that guarantees social interaction. Democracy, more than a form of government, is a way of life in which the citizen must participate and be informed of the things of the republic. "If each one of us, of any state or condition, has any knowledge in virtue, is obliged to procure the good of the city," Percicles once said. "That person won't be named for any position or honours for his lineage, but only because of his virtue and benevolence." They called idiotés to that who didn't participate in things related to the community.

The essential virtue of that who governs is to achieve the concord of the city, the general participation of its peoples and the appreciation of the ideals for the positions of responsibility.

Overwhelmed by disconcerted electoral campaigns, we have to search for authentic democracy and not of demagogic bidding. It causes perplexity in any country to listen to candidates without them sitting to debate the problems and the possible solutions, looking for the common good, not that of factions. Since the debate between Nixon and Kennedy, television is the agora in front of which we are witnesses as protagonists, rather than as voting marketing objects. For their disqualifications and common grounds we ask ourselves why they don't wear masks to better reflect the person they hide. They vanish big problems of a mutating world, of a society that is interrelated with the rest of the world, of the consequences of a globalized economy, of technologies that know not frontiers with devastating effects on the natural environment. They silence our supra-national compromises, our responsibility in the geographical area of our surroundings, our dependence on the raw materials of other communities and the change in attitude in the relationships with peoples that no longer fit their states.

The emerging civil society has put its trust on cross-culture, solidarity, respect for diversity and the acknowledgement of the values of difference; we denounce obsolete political ways that created market with pensions and promises they never accomplished when they were in government. We are in a plain revolution of information and communications, as our leaders get lost in the prose of the mandarins.

It's precise to affirm, through critical thinking, our condition as citizens: the plenitude of the humanistic in the being.

José Carlos Gª Fajardo

Este artículo fue publicado en el Centro de Colaboraciones Solidarias (CCS)