Table Talk : No literacy, no democracy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 September 2012 14:22

BY Mike S Apostol

President Thomas Jefferson, according to former East Timor President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jose Ramos Horta,  knew “democracy cannot function smoothly with an illiterate population”. Indeed it is true to the last word of it. Even if democracy connotes freedom and liberty, but, there are rules to follow. Anybody who does not believed in those rules, freedom and liberty is at stake and likewise democracy is imperiled.
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The universally accepted principle of a democratic form of government is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people and to the people” any deviation on that principle by an individual or by a group defeats the true meaning of democracy and if left uncontrolled by the rules of democracy, some form of “anarchism” follows commonly termed by authorities as “lawless elements or putting the law into their hands” or simply “mob rule”.
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Illiteracy to a democratic form of government meant that even if you are a graduate from the highest form of educational institution but if you don’t believe and follow the principles of democracy and cannot accept and respect the basic rights of other people as laid down by a democratic government, then, you are as ignorant as an individual who has not gone to school in an accepted universal learning institution. These are the root causes of almost all turmoil in a newly transformed  government to democracy, whose populace, are almost 100 percent products of learning institutions, whose inclination is totally different from the principles of democracy where “people is the government” but to them “God is the government”.
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People must not blame those who are fighting for their principles, because the “difference is the same”. What is perceived as different is the gravity of interest one can get from the other. Why prohibit someone from a belief that he was born with and impose your will which is alien to their beliefs? The same thing as, why kill a neighbor when your father the leader, accepted him to stay in your neighborhood?  The world will be at peace if people will understand and “accept those we cannot change”.
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Scoop: “Freedom from want” must not only be for democracies but all forms of government should adhere to this principle, it is not only noble but “godly”. Agree or disagree.