The Least Worst

by Tom Swift

From Merriam-Webster:

  • of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority
  • of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people

Democracy is work. It’s messy.

It’s being OK with not getting all of what you want.

To be a citizen in a democracy means being OK with compromise — being good with compromise.

Democracy takes effort. It takes a willingness to try like hell to advance your cause but accepting that sometimes — often — you will come up short.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. To be a citizen in a democracy comes with many rights and more than a little responsibility.

By definition, in a democracy you must work with other people — some will be a lot like you and many others will be very different from you. Different backgrounds. Different beliefs. Different motivations.

You have to think in a a democracy. Be smart. Humble. Adult.

Democracy demands trust that the other side cares as much as you do — they just have a different vision for what should be. This isn’t a bug of the system but rather a feature. You keep each other honest.

In a democracy the people are in charge. They have a say. They choose the leaders. Because there are so many people there are liable to be many voices. So many you cannot hear them all. This can be confusing and cumbersome and frustrating.

In short, democracy is a challenging, flawed, and inefficient means to organize a society.

It just so happens to be less bad than all other alternatives.