Even if we dislike as Plato [428–348 BCE] noted: "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."and would like to wash our hands of any responsibility for what our governments do, it seems that the is rather natural for us. It then forms the basis for more intense political participation. In any case «not participating» is a form of participation, so there is no escape. Disengagement = silently assenting to political choices that you may abhor—
Because we naturally hold values and pursue purposes, certain «Here are some: We are certainly held responsible for adhering to our value systems (sPH6G16). We are invariably members in a community (sPH6G15) for which we have some minimal shared responsibility. We act as a leader (sPH6G12) at times and become responsible for our followers, or serve as a follower (sPH6G12) and become responsible to and for our leader. As individuals (sPH6G14), we are expected to be responsible for ourselves and to others in dealings with them. As agents or employees (sPH6G11), we are responsible to those who engage us.» automatically come into existence with social life and bind us tightly with responsibility.
Still, you may argue:
Many of us, or most in some countries, are part of a membership organization, industry association, professional body or labour union ( ) and live in a local government territory that has been deliberately and specifically created to look after our interests i.e. interests that are naturally about access to social goods and unambiguously .
Who has not contested an- that made no sense? Can anyone avoid some responsibility in regard to observing or at least knowing part of - . Don't we often find ourselves involved willy-nilly in - —at least worrying or inquiring?
Because no-one is immune from collective failures in matters like pollution, epidemics or crime, everyone is usually ready to speak up about- . We may even have spoken up for - —at least when it coincided with our own interests. Finally, most of us adhere to, and impress on children, basic etiquette, civility and other - within society.
Conclusion:is natural—just as ethical obligation is natural. Both are intrinsic to our social existence.
So politics and ethics are a manifestation of personal freedom,
because… we are free to refuse to be bound by any ethical obligation, and we are free to ignore our political responsibility. This freedom is perhaps life’s biggest challenge.
Society absolutely requires certain people to be more than socially concerned: they must be politically active and capable of working to benefit the whole of society. I term these: «»—and there are many more of them than just politicians.
To be a player and participate actively asks a lot of someone—it is another dimension of life found at the next level up (readiness to apply personal power to affect large numbers of unknown others.). Its chief characteristic is a
Making political work a way of life may be hard to comprehend or accept. Yet everyone should benefit from the responsible and positive political work of others.
In the absence of a sharp focus on responsibility by the general public,will attract those with a lust for power, and a willingness to be a cog in a power-fuelled machine.
If this happens and… the political arena becomes filled with such power-centred people, their mentality will generate the results that give a bad name; the sort of results we see playing out in our societies every day.
More on the arenas of social and political commitment;
Good question. A superb answer to that has been provided by Robert Prechter: "They usually get themselves re-elected don’t they? How stupid is that?" Read this brief extract written in Prechter’s inimitable style.
Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 2-July-2014.