As pointed out in the introduction, the minority in any election cycle has one kind of work to do and the majority another. The point is, democracy is work for the the entire population who wants to live the social contract of public law so essential to the idea of democracy. I am not by nature a compliant person, but the absence of tolerance for the public work of the minority in recruiting the new consensus spells the end of the democracy. Democracy requires me to rein in my nature up to certain levels of difficult tolerance. This worksheet will begin help you find where you stand in your sense of a public self in a democracy,
Things to consider living in this democracy
We are habitually compliant to hundreds of traffic laws and regulations as we make a typical trip downtown and are compliant without even thinking about the authority that supports such strict regulation. What kinds of authority, considering your Sense of Good, do you comply with, and what forms or kinds of authority do you resist, again, considering your Sense of Good? What are your triggers of resistance?
Are there differences or conflicts for you btween personal good, community good and national good? Why do the considerations shift when you move from personal to community and finally national awareness? Can you tolerate all or some of those differences? When you can’t what do you do?
When your Sense of Good and Community lose an election and you find yourself, often along with that community (political party) in the minority, how does your Sense of Democracy inform your response to the loss of power and influence?
For what in the end would you be willing to go to prison in relative to the “rule of law”. What can you do in terms of policy activism to avoid such an severe outcome?
What, in a short statement to yourself, is your Sense of Democracy?