Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Revolución

"It's only when the 'lower classes' do not want to live in the old way and the 'upper classes' cannot carry on in the old way that the revolution can triumph. Revolution is impossible without a nationwide crisis."~Karl Marx

I will not be writing about politics in particular, but more about the "political" struggle of an individual in fighting their own values; or rather an inner revolution, which I believe is achievable by anyone who is willing to work hard in conquering their own acts and emotions. Covey wrote in his book that change needs to come from the inside, only then things will flow to the outside, but how do you improve the working of your inner parliament?

As I mentioned a few times before, your inner values are many and heterogenous in nature, they vary all the way from the very good to the very bad. Interpreting Karl Marx's words, if you wish to have a great leap in your personal development, a massive crisis or failure must occur first, only then a transformation is possible, as without something so bizzarre happening there is no way you will change.

But isn't that a way of a pathetic, passive individual? A proactive one will not wait for something beyond his control to force himself to change. He truly realizes that the responsibility for creating a conducive environment for self improvement should not entirely be left to the exogenous events, as he will be able to push himself forward all alone most of the time.

Many concepts in economics are formulated with the assumption that people are perfectly rational, although reality always paint a different picture. It is a fact that both men and women are often irrational in making decisions. How do you realize a statement such as this "I am a man of my own principles and philosophies, what others are doing won't be having any significant bad influence onto what I truly believe in!"

Now, that is not an easy task at all, as people will often tolerate whatever that you believe in as long as you keep it to yourself, but they are not going to be very comfortable when you start saying something that they may despise, albeit however morally good you believe those things are.

People do not like being preached, but they may tolerate a more indirect but honest approach. Never ever resort to ridicule, mockery and sarcasm, but then how do you do it? There is no really any concrete answer to that. Subjectivity in doing things can be varied so much when you are dealing with different kind of people. Some are very open-minded but others might not be so, therefore try exploring your possibilities with them, so that one day you will perhaps eventually find the right methodology.

I believe that the ideal balance between rigidity and flexibility are different for different matters. For instance; freedom of speech without limit is very dangerous, as it may precipitate racial bigotry and clashes, but on the other hand total authoritarian control on what people can speak and do is not desirable as well. Excessiveness in anything is never too good after all, be it too much or too little, moderation and temperament is much a better way to go.

A friend of mine suggested that the failure of Soviet Union, North Korea and the likes were caused by the top-down approaches that were implemented. The few elites on the top, were the ones who were in control of everything, and over the time the so called "socialist" system (where everybody regardless of race, religion, gender, etc is treated equally and justly) had already lost its soul to elitism. Therefore he said, socialist's movement is now trying to fight for a socialist system using the bottom to the top (bottom-up) approach.

They are trying to work from the very bottom (common people) and fight for their causes to the top. The struggle of the people does not mean anything if they are forced to accept draconian policies that are imposed by the bureaucrats. Surely, we hope things will change for the better, but they have got to have the approval from the masses, with democracy being upheld on top of everything else. The very foundation of a country will be fragile if the wishes of its people are not respected, and eventually one day the regime shall perish and die.

Now, generalizing this approach for the inner struggle. If you were to imposed yourself to follow a certain new rules or principles, how do you make it functions more effectively? Won't it perhaps be much better if things are worked upon from their very cores, then gradually to the top? Rationalise and reason thoroughly behind everything that you do, as an entity without a strong foundation is bound to be lifeless and shatter to nothingness in no time.

Indeed, often you're inquisitive and curious about everything but it can sometimes so happens that one day you just stop looking, give up and be content with whatever defeat that handed down largely by your laziness. Then you just stop working hard, but still praying and hoping that somehow a bright sunshine will appear out of nowhere. That is just an utterly, utterly shame to yourself. Nevertheless, being overly and unduly critical can be a bit annoying and useless sometimes, more so if you were to ask, question and debate about every single petty little things.

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