We’re used to thinking hugely well of democracy. But interestingly, one of the wisest people who ever lived, Socrates, had deep suspicions of it.
We are seeing the same scenario in the Philippines that the masses have made a Philippine President win (Rodrigo Duterte, who won a landslide election) and now are seeking to destabilize his government because of the decisions he has made to burry a former president/dictator in the heroes cemetary (Marcos buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani in surprise rites http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/589329/news/nation/marcos-buried-at-libingan-ng-mga-bayani-in-surprise-rites).
Is our future really made by the masses? The masses or in local slang, “ang masa”, that were not trained to make well,informed decisions on who to choose wisely to be seated in government?
In mature democracies, the people are being educated in political and civic matters. That is why, in mature democracies, they deserve the leaders they get that continue to bring them into an era of prosperity and peace. But unlike the Philippines, we do not deserve what is happening to the country because Filipinos can do so much better! We just lack education in important political matters. Political and Civic Education should have been left for the state to do (the philippine government’s duty to educate its citizens politically) but they seem to have forgotten about this or simply do not understand the fundamentals of good governance and democracy.
Now going back. The current problem with the burial of ferdinand marcos in the libingan ng mga bayani is also tearing the nation apart as it provides an alternative point of view of former President Marcos. The masses are in particular being exploited and are lead to believe certain things about the late dictator marcos. So people,those who are still thinking, are now in doubt of what is actually written in history books. Our children will wonder and start asking whose version of history is a actually correct?
Then again, this is a good thing (the rallies, the criticisms and the destabilization plots etc.) as Filipinos are starting to think and are starting to create history for themselves. We are growing and starting to think about what are the good parts of our history and what is bad. What can be done about it and what cannot. Then again, it must not be left to the masses alone to decide the future of our country as we, and everybody that is a Filipino Citizn must make an informed decision in political and civi matters. Otherwise, we might as well leave the leadership of our country to anyone who does know what to do or remove any sort of qualifications to run for public office.
Take note that an enlightened and well informed decision must be made for the country to move forward. And that is why on the next post we will know what exactly makes a democracy work well and not just leave it to the heard of dogs to decide the future of a country.