The Breeze of Pure Democracy
Democracy is a word that no one can define perfectly, but we can describe it. Therefore, I will do my best to describe the term of democracy in various ways in order to clarify it and make it a little bit understandable. In addition, it is very natural that people have various perspectives about the form and description of democracy. Some people say that it isn’t good to have democracy, whereas others say it is great to gain democracy. For example, Plato, who was a Greek philosopher, asserted that it is not a good idea to have a democratic self-government because it can’t function well. He illustrated that ordinary people don’t know how to govern a country because they don’t have widespread information about, laws, economy, and army policies, so they shouldn’t be a part of the government (Bramann 433). However, I personally disagree with his idea because it isn’t convincing. I think that it is vital and urgent to have democracy since it is apparently the best form of government.
Democracy has a lot of distinctive meanings according to different sources, but we have to know what the real definition of democracy is. Oxford, which is a famous dictionary, says democracy is a form of government in which people have a voice in the exercise of power, while Longman, which is a popular dictionary, says democracy is a situation or system where everyone is equal and has the right to vote and make decisions. Moreover, in order to gain a proper definition of democracy, we have to collect all of its definitions into one statement. We should be grateful to Abraham Lincoln, who was one the famous presidents of America, because he gathered most of the elements of democracy in one sentence which is familiar to most of people in the world. His nice definition of democracy was that a democratic government is, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” This is the best definition of democracy because it incorporates the most necessary features of democracy.
It is not that easy to describe the term of democracy unless we know what the pillars of democracy are. Mr. Howard Cincotta points out that democracy has 11 pillars that should exist in democratic governments. He said, “The 11 pillars are sovereignty of the people, government based upon consent of the governed, guarantee of basic human rights, majority rule, minority rights, free and fair elections, equality before the law, due process of law, constitutional limits on government, social, economic, and political pluralism, and values of tolerance, pragmatism, cooperation, and compromise” (Cincotta 6-7). What Mr. Cincotta said is the vital and essential pillars of the term of democracy. In addition, the pillars of democracy tell us that the best type of government is a democratic one. That is why I said it is crucial to have democracy. We can’t understand how powerful the word “democracy” is in order to give people welfare unless we know how we feel when we heard democracy.
Some people describe democracy as an empty place, and they say if it isn’t empty, it is excessively dark; that is why it looks like an empty place. It is unquestionable that many countries haven’t had a democratic government yet because they preferred other forms of governments, such as Monarchy, Aristocracy, Theocracy, and Dictatorship. Those countries that chose one of the mentioned systems don’t have democracy, so the word democracy doesn’t exist or take any place there; that is why people call it an empty place. For instance, Iran is a country that has a theocratic government. The power of the country is in the hands of religious leaders. Iranian people washed their hands of democracy because of the oppression of their theocratic leader, who is Ahmadi Nazad. Therefore, in Iran, democracy should be described as an unoccupied or dark place since it doesn’t exist at all.
In conclusion, this description is adequate for someone who wants to fathom the term of democracy because it includes the most important and key components of the word democracy. Please, in order to make sure that whether the essay is good or not, close your eyes and think about these approaching questions: how do you feel when you hear the word democracy? What do you see when you hear democracy? After thinking about the pillars of democracy, what do you think about this idea: democracy is the best type of government? Because of the prior information and description, I can tell it is vital and integral to have democracy.
Bramann K. Jorn. “The Failure of Democracy.” Frostburg, 2009: 433. Online.Cincotta, Howard. What is Democracy. Unisfo.org, 1998: 6-7. Online
Since it is a research essay, it took me approximately one month to write, but i don't regret spending my time writing this essay because i believe it is worth-doing.
Author/ Hersh Seidgul