One may wonder whether the world’s democratic institutions are unravelling in the face of their neglect and the exploitation of peoples’ discontent by unscrupulous and powerful (oligarch) autocratic forces.
The I Ching warns that, though we have achieved a pinnacle of human achievement as a civilization, peoples’ complacency and indifference to the influence of bad actors imperils the status quo and the health of our society.
The long term outlook is favorable for the survival of democracy.
This is supported only if first, the level of general awareness of the world’s citizens expands enough to check the pattern of decay that has taken hold, and second, enough people are in a position and able to serve to preserve it.
It has been shown that too many people have been placed in positions of power and influence who have been corrupted by the seduction of the promise of personal gain. They need to ask “at what cost?”. Everyone must ask “at what cost have we neglected our civil duties as citizens and nations?”
The first thing is to wake up. Then, serve.
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