VotePlusPlus would like to offer some possibly counterintuitive advice, considering the state of the world at this time.
- The discussion should become more general during a crisis, not less. When your village is being shelled you clearly need to get out of the way and cope. However, the ultimate solution to the crisis should not be about precisely how to run away, fight back, and survive. Better to get started right way on finding solutions that avoid the problem in the future, hopefully forever.
- Find the root cause that explains what is happening. Go back in time as far as necessary to find out. Become convinced of one point of view or another but remain open to all. The more surprised you are at current events the more you should have seen it coming.
- The more needless suffering and human tragedy the more likely there are no heroes on any side among those pulling the strings. Don’t join any opposing side unless you are forced to in order to survive. Refuse to be put into “lesser of the evils” or “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenarios. That’s usually nothing more than a predatory tactic to obscure the obvious “third alternative” that’s staring you in the face. Don’t join the team who craves dominance and advantage. Remember, they can turn on you as well someday.
- Don’t misinterpret the silent lessons from nature. Yes, you are an animal but clearly of a special kind. Your purpose is to rise above running naked and killing anything that moves. Learn to get along under one roof and you won’t freeze to death when it rains. That’s what nature wants. It presents this challenge not so you’ll imitate what goes on out there, but so you’ll solve it.
- Anarchy is one extreme and has never performed well for society. Absolute despotism has failed similarly at the other extreme. That’s a clue. There is some geometrically organized structure that will allow a good word, a smart proposal, a welcome relief, to originate from a central location and have a wide positive effect. Staffing such structures with unqualified, venal, or corrupt individuals will ruin them. Any system that is not specifically designed to protect you from bad leadership and does not employ constant refinement is actually dangerous.
- Don’t be tempted to think that taking away luxuries from leaders in high office is going to fix things. Similarly, don’t be tempted to think term limits are the answer. If some charismatic, intelligent, and well-meaning leader is nailing their job and providing the direction that is needed for the community why boot them out arbitrarily or make them drive to work on a scooter? The issue is merit: lots of merit = plenty of reward. There’s nothing wrong with that unless the situation becomes unfair. What we see around us today is mostly unfairness and disparity so we’ve become angry and jaded.
- Don’t be tempted to think that only the most aggressive and egotistical among us actually want to run for office. If that were so, things would be far worse. There are plenty of individuals in your community born to lead and capable of performing well in some position. The problem is that most of them never get a shot, or by the time they’ve struggled to get elected through competing, raising money, and pandering to the wealthy who control the media and the status quo they have made many gradual choices along the way. They’ve been forced to choose between proceeding within some form of personal compromise or dropping out. I have heard this first-hand from politicians and you can too if you ask the right questions and appeal to their former idealism. The current world-wide system rewards entirely the wrong approach and encourages a gradual decent into derangement, for those who were once formerly intelligent, visionary, and ambitious.
- Don’t be tempted to think that depopulating an area, or removing an unwanted subgroup of the population, is going to make life better for those who remain. This mistake can be perpetrated through violence, social policy, mismanaged economic resources, or social demotivation, but they all cause destruction. Just ask Detroit, U.S.A or the country of Japan. If the birth rate falls far behind the death rate that’s a call to action for governments. In short, unattended or dismantled infrastructure can be more of a liability than none at all. It’s true that an unmanageable concentration of unmet human need can indeed be miserable, but if accommodated in a sustainable manner under responsible leadership, the growth and the advent of new generations generally propel the advancement of society.
- Don’t engage in racism or exclusion of any kind, but be able to explain yourself. All traditions and close-knit cultures have aspects that are enormously beneficial for an integrated and diverse society, depending on what they are and the time and circumstances specific to the society as a whole. It may be unfortunate that borders were forced upon geographical areas which divided homogeneous cultures, but if we must live with the consequences we can embrace the lessons of mutual respect, cooperation, definition of and reward of merit, and common ground. At the very least, such rhetoric should be coming from the offices of privileged leadership. Anything else leads to eventual war mongering whereby the innocent ultimately pay the price.
- Unless you can find a better proposal, VotePlusPlus would like to request your support. The sooner we try something that makes sense, the sooner we can look back on history with less regret. If you do find a better proposal, please let us know. We’ll support it.