Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Belief in a Collective Destiny

When faced with a problem in the public sphere, people usually resort to two ways to solve it.

The first is to solve it on their own. They call upon their own resources, their money, their talent, their contacts and influence to solve it.

The other is to appeal to a higher authority. They often appeal to politicians or leaders to solve it for them.

People seldom realize that there’s a third way to solve problems. It is to find people with similar problems, organize yourself and then solve it through your collective resources.

It is this belief in a collective destiny that separates a healthy democracy from and unhealthy one.

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