Democracy – the question

I am part of a wonderful group of girls who are part of a book club. Most months we vote to choose which book will be our required reading book to be reviewed at the end of the month. This month the choice was between two books, one I had already read and one I was already planning to start reading. Here is my real question is democracy a good thing? Most people chose the book I had already read so that’s the book of the month. A democracy by definition is where the majority of the people get to choose what everyone (including the opposing minority) should do. Is that fair? What if you are always part of the minority, does that mean the democracy to you is just another dictatorship only led by a group of people instead of one person? I am of course in no way saying that iron rule is a better idea but what if the book was chosen say by randomly picking out its name from a hat? At the end of the day reading is not such a big deal, you could always find one where people are mostly like yourself so you will end up reading mostly books you like, but again is that a good thing? Isn’t diversity a better thing? There are cultures where they have a group of “elders” who decide the clan’s fate, but that is not a good idea all the time, the elders might be out of touch with the rest of the population or just out of date or might not always be able to reach the best decision for whatever reasons. I know this should probably be listed under byzantine discussions but I still can’t decide which is the best political or choice system out there and could easily argue for or against any system. In the end the best option is always where the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
What do you think?

5 Comments

  • At 2008.11.08 18:35, gjoez said:

    I think democracy is bad, but it is the best thing we have got.

    w ba3deen ma7na han2ra aho thousand splendid suns!

    meday2a leh ba2a ๐Ÿ˜›

    • At 2008.11.08 21:05, jessyz said:

      @gjoez, el mabda2 mana aslan momken akabbar 3aleko wa2ra megalet mickey, bas ana kont bafakar men 7aytho el mabda2 what is the best model fe3lan

      • At 2008.11.09 10:46, inas said:

        democracy is the power of the group

        • At 2008.11.09 15:14, Nerro said:

          ya Jessy, democracy heya el 7all in general.
          However in our small group…you can always protest ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • At 2008.11.10 08:04, jessyz said:

            @inas: the question is, is the group always right?
            @Nerro: hehehe of course I know bas how about when you can not protest?