Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Problem in Egypt

I am watching with sad interest the problems in Egypt.  The elected president of that nation is a particular type of Muslim, associated with a power group known as the Muslim Brotherhood.  This brotherhood holds views on how the nation should be governed that are not internalized to be Truth by the whole population.  Consequently, we see conflict in the streets, as we observe one power group attempting to impose itself upon the other as conqueror, the other vanquished.

The problem of democracy, as we live it in the modern world, is that we have a majority imposing its will upon a minority.  In Gandhian Philosophy, we take great strides that the majority not impose itself upon the minority.

The solution here is that the elected president be reinstated with the understanding that he must not attempt to impose that which is not internalized as Truth over the whole people.  That which might work in his brotherhood or in his house will not work over an entire people, as the larger population does not agree with the nuances he might be able to argue in his close family or even within his brotherhood.

He needs to read some Tolstoy, understanding that one man's righteousness is another man's evil and vice versa;  thus, we judge not (do not make legal determinations of others) in all circumstances.

If he cannot mature, then a new election must be held, and a Gandhian should be elected to bring peace to the nation, assuming they are not prepared to govern themselves in a stateless society.

Gene Chapman,
Tolstoyan-Gandhian Libertarian Candidate for Texas Governor
(Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky, Intellectual of the Age)