DEMOCRACY AND MORAL PRINCIPLES

 

“It is difficult to see how democracy, which is based on the principle of the will of the majority of the citizens, establishes the validity of principles and moral values, without being supported by the convictions of the majority, and without entering or imposing a dogmatism that is essentially strange to democracy as a form of government” (Card. Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI).

Indeed, democracy should only be a simple and new form of government of peoples and nations to ensure changes and alternation in power of rulers, without civil wars or bloodshed. However, it tends, probably unintentionally, to be applied to most public and social affairs, including in that system the approach and the final decision on the public and private morality, as if morality could be established in a majority form, through the mere democratic game.

Of course, the majority of citizens understood as unjust or immoral all behaviors that produce them an obvious injury, such as the theft with or without violence, neighborhood noise and inconvenience, slanders, disgraces and insults of all kinds, pedophilia or minors sexual abuse, sale and drug trafficking, political corruption, etc. But other behaviors that do not carry a prejudice for others, even though they are very immoral, cause them indifference and can adopt them expressly or tacitly as irrelevant or insignificant for social coexistence.

The problem is that there is objectively immoral behaviors that, without prejudice apparently other people at the beginning, instead of favoring social coexistence of citizens, hurts it evidently, because they tend to create or increase social problems that occur in all human coexistence, as the pregnancy of female adolescent, induced abortion, transmission of sexual diseases such as AIDS, widespread divorce, political corruption, etc.

In my opinion the solution is in the democrat politicians that reach the power who should be in first place really democrats and non-sectarian or totalitarian, inclined to impose their political ideas and moral principles, as soon as they reach the power to govern other people, for the greater glory and social influence of their own party. Second, those politicians should have the genuine conviction to serve the common good of all citizens, instead of serving only to those who think like them. They should help people to balance the economic and social inequalities that occur routinely, understand them in their aspirations and seek to persuade them with real demonstrations, without trying to impose their doctrines or ideas through coercion and the enforceability of laws enacted by them.

Thus, through this service, aid, understanding and voluntary conviction, obtained by noble and model politicians in the exercise of power, the majority of citizens would acquire some convictions and moral principles that they would always seek to defend and propagate, even when they not feel individually affected.

Is it a utopia? Perhaps it is, but I think it is a necessary utopia. all democratic citizens should fight and strive to produce it, because otherwise, it is normal that corruption, immorality and social problems that accompany the parties that look their own benefit, impose us “particracy” and those problems increase, personal and social degeneration grow disproportionate and unstoppable and finally significant social upheavals resulting in the delirious tragedy of civil national war or even international war.

Roberto Grao Gracia.

 

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