Thursday, January 4, 2007

Freedom and Democracy?

We first develop our democratic thinking during education. It's common for children to rise against the world around them. However one of the main targets of educational process is to gripe that incite to rebellion. Children are taught to like one type of people and to be friendly with them. Moreover independence of judgement and thinking is not taught at school. Even more - there's a struggle against it. Also there are prepared thoughts for students which they should learn by heart. All ambitions to learn new things at school are not get seriously by teachers. All questions are get angry and answers are lead away.

Often, in our social system, a person feels himself powerless and just waits the specialist to come and tell him where to go and what to do. He also has the fear to formulate his own goals. Moreover he thinks, feels and wants whatever is assumed for right from the society. This way he loses his own personality. This loss leads to stronger need of obedience, because he starts doubting his own ego. As a result that person, which don't have his own ego, can have security only if he lives the way that society dictates to him. For that security we pay high price - our real freedom. Behind the facade of happiness there's misfortune.

In fact, where are the real freedom and democracy? They are friends with personal realization and approving of person's own ego. The real freedom is in spontaneous activity. If a person can live spontaneous but not as others think for right - he could claim that he has his freedom. That way he realizes that he is an active and creative person and the life has one meaning - its full going through and getting all the experience now. Well, democracy is the basis however it's far from the real freedom.

Do you think you have your freedom?

Used sources: book - "Freedom and Democracy", Erich Fromm


4 comments:

Silviya Petkova said...

"Often, in our social system, a person feels himself powerless and just waits the specialist to come and tell him where to go and what to do."
Yes, you are right, and I have always told that bulgarians are smart, because they have to study a lot of things in school, but... isn't it better when everyone is a specialist in specific sphere? This way people can do everything better - helping each other.
Congratulations for great blog :)

Stanislav Bozhkov said...

I mean powerless in the way that he can not take decisions by himself. It's good to be a specialist in specific sphere, however it's not real freedom to wait for someone to tell you what to do.

Rashid said...

"...just waits the specialist to come and tell him where to go and what to do...". They act this way, because they are afraid to take responsibility. This way if something goes wrong, they will blame "the specialist" who told them "where to go and what to do".

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