It’s a funny old world, what is it they say? “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”.

Just imagine you are a sophisticated lady from Boston or Desmoines, living the high life and enjoying the benefits that a democratic country can give you. Suddenly you are transported into the tribal lands of Pakistan. Here in the blink of an eye you have ten children, and you can only go out in public if your clothes cover every square inch of your body. Add to this the fact you may be beaten every day of your life, be uneducated and continually abused, would you still like democracy when only the men have it and can do as they please?

What a strange uncaring creature it is, only really working when those in power take into account the opinions of people who did not vote for them.

All over the world democratic countries vote for a party and belief, but once elected these governments totally disregard the opinions of those who did not vote for them. If you have a society that splits almost down the middle, with one being secular and the other religious then neither will accept the other sides standpoint. The fact is that a secular society will often allow a religious society to exist, but the other opposite does not always hold true.

Freedom of expression should include the right not to believe no matter which religion you are talking about. Every constitution should have embedded in it the right of an individual not to believe as well as their right to believe. Democracy is something that has to protect the rights of the individual as well as the majority who voted. Even in the United States the ‘land of the free’ all men are created equal as long as you are born there or a are a naturalised citizen, so not all men are equal even there.

You should always be careful how you define democracy and the people who supply it.  When President Obama applauded the Egyptians for being democratic by bringing in the Muslim Brotherhood, did he forget the consequences? total unrest and the Egyptians buying arms from Russia! Take a look at the unrest around the world in countries such as Thailand and the Ukraine, people should be careful how they define democracy because one day they might just get it.

If you have a situation as in some countries where fifty percent of the population is in favour of certain actions and fifty percent are against them, you must ask the question will those people be totally disenfranchised? Some countries do not have checks and balances to maintain the rights of all the population, because they think if you lose an election it should mean you lose all your rights.


(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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