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Democracy is Alive and Well if You Believe.

Updated on December 19, 2014

Democracy does not start as a clean slate but rather rises from the ashes of a failed state of being.

Too hard for most to grasp but democracy is begun in the home where even the smallest member is given a chance to have an impact and participate.
Too hard for most to grasp but democracy is begun in the home where even the smallest member is given a chance to have an impact and participate. | Source

No conflict would mean no resistance and no dream.

Go ahead and hate conflict. But know that it is evidence that part of the world wants democracy. Oh sure be a skeptic. Blame conflict on religion or oil. But look deeper. Terrorism is a direct result of one side wanting to take away choice from the other side. Democracy is not just about being able to elect officials. There is much more at the core of it.

Oh lest you mistake my meaning be sure that I speak of a dream and not a thing that yet exists. Democracy is not a thing that is obtained. It is a dream yet realized. It is a constant yearning and struggle.It is a giant experiment of man. It is reaching for the stars that are forever out of reach. But we must believe that it is obtainable.

We must live each day as though we are a part of democracy in order for democracy to work. Democracy is most notably not by the election of people by the majority but rather the participation in society by the majority. Democracy happens, democracy cannot be enforced. Democracy is not given it is earned. Democracy requires the inclusion of the outcast and most deprived members of a society. Democracy requires open borders, not necessarily for people but for ideas.


Be ready for it is coming, even to the U.S.A.

Are you ready?

Do you participate in your society?

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And they come! They do not come for what is here or there. They do not come for a truth that exists they come for the dream and what it means. A freedom to be a part of. A freedom to have a voice and to stand for what you choose. A freedom to have a place to call your own and ideals and ideas to hold as your own.

There is no place yet fully safe for democracy. Democracy is neither born nor sustained by a peaceful coexistence between the governors and the governed. It is created and nourished by the conflict and eternal battle between the haves and the have nots. We are imbued, each and every one of us with the power to contribute and this must be exercised or it falls into apathy and atrophy.

Take the simple act of giving to the poor. Some would say that that is just an act of kindness. Well they would be wrong. Choosing to give one's money away as one sees fit is a huge act of democracy. Some would say that it is not as great of an act of democracy as when one chooses to vote. Well they would also be wrong. Exercising free will is the greatest move toward democracy and the foundation for sustaining what democracy we have obtained.

Truly I tell you that when you just now chose to read this article on democracy you have done wonders for democracy. No, not because the article is filled with democracy and not because the title has democracy in it, but rather by the simple act of choosing. You own your choices and in so doing you become a voice for democracy.

Democracy also comes through sacrifice.

There are no better buildings than those which have their sole purpose in serving the people.

Structures and wealth do not make democracy, but the true building blocks and true wealth comes from it.
Structures and wealth do not make democracy, but the true building blocks and true wealth comes from it. | Source

What democracy is not.

Democracy is not the taking of rights from the minority. This fundamental requirement is the building block that all democracy is built upon. From denial of voting rights to slavery and involuntary servitude. From involuntary military service to suppression of free speech. We have fought and fought hard for the rights of the oppressed and that battle must continue, ever seeking a peaceful acceptance of alternative and diversified beliefs. The battle between the status quo or even reactionary views and progressive extensions of guarantees of new rights must continue. Both sides must fight to be heard and all arguments must be thrashed out in the open marketplace of ideas. There must be equal playing fields held sacrosanct in these struggles.

Democracy is not made of complacency. Democracy will never be sustained and developed by those who would espouse that we all just accept each other's views. While at times it seems the simplest course to just live and let live, that is a decay of the moral fiber that must flourish in each persons heart for democracy to flourish in society. The competition for the hearts and minds of our neighbors is the epitome of what is necessary for democracy to gain a foothold and then hold on to it.

It is as though we must hold on tightly to our own ideas in order that other's own ideas may be sharpened and honed to a presentable concept. Conflict sharpens the very tools we must have in order to obtain a lasting and general growth of democracy.

Democracy thrives in mutual respect. Yet can be destroyed by acceptance of anything less than a full effort toward democracy.

Dialogue and debate between neighbors is essential both on the person to person and nation to nation level.
Dialogue and debate between neighbors is essential both on the person to person and nation to nation level. | Source

Democracy requires a flexible yet consistent process.

For well over 200 years the United States of America has been striving for democracy. It truly has not reached the pinnacle of that goal yet. But the effort remains true to the core of the country as a whole. Democracy is coming we just must participate more and more to make it a closer reality. We must tolerate and celebrate the diversity of those who would engage in the process. We must encourage all to be a real part of this grand experiment and dream.

It is often said that one individual cannot make a difference. I tell you to tell that to an immigrant who has been given just one chance by one individual. I ask you to relate that to one single mother who has been given just that one hand up. Heck tell that to my high school civics teacher who taught me well, and I taught my children well and they serve others. You can make a difference and if you want democracy to flourish then make one.

One of the greatest testaments to our effort to reach real democracy lays at the fact that we have changed government leaders routinely for over two hundred years. And we have done it generally peaceably. And we have done that by voting. That has never occurred in the history of man. So perhaps this experiment is proving that at least a glimmer of democracy is obtainable.

Perhaps the birthplace of democracy at some time in the future.

As for the author

There is in reality a fine democracy in effect at this time. But that is just a democracy for today. It is a fervent hope that the democracy of today is finely and finally honed into a better democracy for tomorrow and then on that day, work will begin to make it a better democracy for the next day.

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Amen, Eric. I agree totally with your sentiments in this Hub. Democracy is alive and well in America. It has never been perfect nor will it ever be. It evolves and ultimately improves over time. it takes all of us to remain involved in the process for it to remain strong. Not just on Election Day.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much for reading and commenting. In this time of division it is even more important for us to stay involved, that is for sure. We are lucky as our writing is some of the greatest involvement. like yours of: https://hubpages.com/politics/America-Reacts-To-Th...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is probably the best definition of democracy that I have read. Well done, Sir!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill, I must admit that it was difficult to write, at least more difficult than what I thought as I started.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I agree that one individual can make a difference, as history has shown repeatedly.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Always good to hear from you. Merry Christmas ologsinquito.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      As Bill said, this is a great definition of democracy Eric. The Holy Grail most of the world is striving for. For many countries it is still a far off dream and many don't even understand what it is. This was an interesting read to say the least. Well done my friend.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      We are fortunate to live in a democratic society. Every voice is heard; anyone and everyone can participate in his/ her country's affairs. When we go through our fundamental rights, it makes me wonder how difficult life must be for those who do not have those basic rights!

      A very insightful and engaging hub indeed.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John I surely do love what democracy we do have. I hope we keep striving toward a world with more of it.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharan, I sure do say a prayer for those without our rights every day. We truly are fortunate to live how and where we do.

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      Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "For well over 200 years the United States of America has been striving for democracy. " - The Greeks came up with it and have been battling with this idea for thousands of years.

      "Demos" meaning "people" and "kratos" meaning "force/power" basically shows we need unity for democracy to work: power through the people. Thus, like You said: we all need to be involved. I for one am optimistic because people can connect much easier now, share ideas, talk, argue, etc. It's good to get to know one another a little lol

      Thank You for a great article as always - cheers!

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! : )

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Happy, it is good to hear from you. I hope you and yours are having a holiday season that you desire. I think you are right, on of the biggest keys to democracy is the connections we build and learn from.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      What catches our attention is your saying that democracy thrives on mutual respect, and you have specifically mentioned that rights of minorities are not to be violated. If we take the aspect of mutual trust it becomes imperative on the part of both people at the helm of affairs and the lower ones to uphold the values in view of which the definition of weaker and stronger itself should change. Minorities are not weaker section as there is a majority who support for their rights. Thanks Eric for sharing a profound write. Voted up.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Important words to consider. Thanks for sharing, for sure! ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      m abdullah javed, thank you for adding so much to this hub. It is always a pleasure to have you come by and leave your thoughts.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      William thank you for reading and leaving a nice note, I really appreciate the support.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for educating me about the word democracy. I personally do not think that there are yet countries on our planet that truly have achieved true democracy, even when people proudly acclaim their country has. Ignorance must be bliss. Great article!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Nadine, thank you for coming by and reading this hub. Yes many are suffering and illusion of democracy and others know the do not have it yet. We all can make a difference.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      One of your most powerful presentations, I think. You made your points with passion, and rightly so. So many good quotes, and this is one that I like, "Conflict sharpens the very tools we must have in order to obtain a lasting and general growth of democracy." Thanks for laying it bare.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Miss Dora, I am quite passionate about the whole subject and I am glad it shines through in the writing. I cannot believe I wrote that quote. Thanks for noticing.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I echo the quote that MsDora listed, that conflict is what makes democracy work! That is somewhat of an irony. We all want peace in this great land, but the very thing that keeps our freedom alive are the differences that we have. We are able to go to the polls and express our rights in such a way that we have diversity in our leadership. The face of our country is changing. Those who were previously left without a voice are being heard in ways we never thought possible.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise, isn't it just great! I admit I go kicking and wailing when it comes to change, but I sure like it once I become comfortable with it. We live in a truly blessed country and must always remember that.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I crown you King of the Hub Pages philosophers. You are quite right that democracy has never been reached but the very sacred ideal of it keeps us from completely devouring one another. Great hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mel, thank you for dropping in and leaving such an uplifting note. My notifications have gone bonkers and I just got this today. I reckon sometimes that just a spark of hope keeps us on track to some degree.

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