“The human race will have no respite from evils until those who are really philosophers acquire political power or until, through some divine
dispensation, those who rule and have political authority in the cities become real philosophers” -Plato (326a-326b).
I started this search with a simple question; What is the absolute best way to ensure a peaceful, prosperous, and functioning society while actively
preventing decent to tyranny. Is there in fact a way to govern that does not have an evil power-hungry elite? No elite at all? In my research I
stumbled upon all kinds of ideas, found flaws here and there, and noted them. It was only until the end of my search did I find an idea that seemed to
hold ground with me.
This was mostly the political thoughts of Plato, and i will, to the best of my ability, attempt to present my carefully cultivated idea to you here at
ATS. Please take the time to let it all sink in and please feel free to question everything presented, as it is essential to the idea of a lasting
prosperity. There will be flaws, and i encourage you to point them out.
Ramble On ATS.
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution
before tomorrow morning.” -Henry Ford
One of the first realizations i had about this was when i was reading Plato, and he pointed out that surely if the jurors in the Trial of Socrates
were educated, he would not have been killed. That was exactly it, i thought, he was so smart that regular, uneducated people deemed him a lunatic,
when in actuality he was one of the greatest thinkers ever.
I'm gonna take a wild guess and assume that most members of ATS see lack of education as a problem, in fact i believe it is absolutely key to why we
find ourselves in the dismal state we're in. If the people had real, solid education, do you think the people in power would have been able to
deceive man kind for such a long time?
In order for a government to function, the people must be educated, informed, plugged in. They have to be able to see past the fake smiles, to see
what the people in power are doing and as a result come together to call them on it. Real educated people wouldn't be fooled by propaganda, or even
logical lies. The people must be able to see through the smoke and mirrors and get down to what the real motives are, or the people with power will
take advantage as we see today.
So, naturally the first element of a functioning free government would be a truly educated public. This would be achieved with very high level schools
with very intelligent and intellectual teachers that teach creatively and encourage students to use critical thinking skills, to question everything
presented to them and to use those skills and apply them to every aspect of life.
#2 Getting Past Indoctrination
One of the bigger problems in this society is all of the differing opinions and belief systems. it's not to say we need to get rid of these systems.
but they surely do cause tension between one another, and often leave us debating as to "the right way to do things". As an example, Right VS. Left.
One could say a lot of these problems come from belief systems in family's, and in parents. For an example, i can say my parents helped a great deal
in shaping my morality, beliefs, and views. They brought me up to respect women, to be polite, and were very conservative, prompting me to have
moderate conservative views. i'd assume (excuse me for assumptions) that in some way shape or form we've all been indoctrinated or brought up to
believe something should be some way from birth.
Now fixing this is surely a tricky thing to achieve. Now don't chastise me for saying this, but i think one of the most effective ways of fixing this
is to simply not have parents. To be brought up by society as a whole, to listen to extremely differing views and not have any sort of emotional
connection to a person with a certain view prompting the child to believe the view because of that connection. In this sort of setting, a person would
be extremely well rounded given they would constantly be exposed to either very differing views or a consensus view (if this had been going on for
many generations, the views would be extremely well rounded and maybe may not be entirely different). Give that a thought
How does one go about getting essentials produced and distributed in a way that doesn't limit freedom? A very tricky question indeed however, ill
attempt to answer this in the best possible way i can.
The problem i see today is that some people switch careers very often, making it hard for others to have a good career. Business moguls often mix with
politics, business often own many different countries, and it starts to become a bit of a monopoly, allowing for an ultra powerful elite.
What i propose is a system in children are helped from birth finding the perfect career path for them. As an example. if someone shows skill at say
soccer, and continues to show that skill, they should be given a job as an athlete. There could be someone or something dedicated to finding the
perfect career paths, where people are happy with the job and would like to do it for the rest of their lives, and that's exactly what they will
This could possibly be a very good way to make sure everything is done that needed to be done.
This idea to me seemed a bit hard grasp, how could we make sure that our leaders aren't lying, crooked thugs?
Then i thought to myself, how would we determine who is best to lead? Well, we could test this by putting people in a group, assigning them a task,
and see who it is that stands up and leads the group to complete the task.
It then occurred to me, leaders shouldn't be chosen, they should simply lead out of the pure will to lead. We could potentially identify our leaders
in a similar way we identify the Athlete or the Scientist, see who it is that takes charge and seems to complete tasks in an efficient way.
Though surely these leaders must also be thoughtful, intelligent, caring, and humane. I suggest once the leaders are identified, immediately put them
in a higher school to learn ins and outs of Ethical, Moral, and political philosophy. Once they are well versed in philosophy, throw them to the
absolute low of society, make them poor as dirt, and for a long time. This will give them a grasp on what its like to live at the very bottom. They
would be able to relate to the very poor, and possibly after a few years, become humble, caring, and in touch. After that, put them in government with
very low pay, and keep business completely separate. If Philosophers ruled the land, they would try as hard as possible to create a functioning
society as it would be their nature.
#5 Crime and Punishment
Now this one was a bit tricky for me, i thought about it for a long time, read a few things and decided that the best way to tackle crime and
punishment would be rehabilitation. It makes no sense to lock someone up, unless they are extremely dangerous and beyond repair. Often times though,
being incarcerated with violent criminals for a non-violent crime could only make one more crime-prone as the only companions are in fact, ruthless
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