Is there anyone who loves their government?
Going through news from different countries, people everywhere are complaining their governments are the worst in the world. "The entire system is inefficient and is destroying our economy!"
Why the tendency to think the grass is greener on the other side?
This is instinct. This can be named 'institutional opposition' . We are , by nature, habituated to criticize the establishment, government, or you can say stronger force to satisfy our own weakness.
If our very nature causes us to distrust and the established order, how are we meant to progress as societies?
You have answered what you asks. The criticism to the government causes to think and the thought directs the society either to follow rules of the administration or to refuse it for the benefit of the society for its betterment.
Governments are Lucifer agents and nothing but thieves, liers and murderers who are controlled by an external force. They care nothing for the people but for their own agenda. The problems the world face is all superficial and created by governments to keep the people ignorant, hungry, scared, docile and hopeless.
I love the government because I live in a Representative Democracy, WE are the government. To complain about the government is to complain ourselves - to complain about our apathy - our inability to shape the system in a way that we would like - to complain about the fact that in a Representative government we can't always have our way - to complain that we been too busy to have noticed the money float in the hands of the powerful who have duped us by clever campaigns that support their business agenda.
The government, in America, is US! When did we stop believing that? Look at the protests in the 60s, Vietnam, Civil Rights, Women Rights, grassroots movements that reflected the needs of society at the time. They took time and energy. We don't HAVE the time or energy now. WHY? Because we haven't noticed how the lower, middle, and upper middle class have been lost financial power and have to work more than our parents did just to survivie in modern society. But that was what we CHOSE because we weren't astute. It's a viscous cycle. We become apathetic because we're tired, the money for government flows in the hands of the wealthy who gain power in government, and we become more apathetic because their power increases. But all in all, it is WE who have let that happen. We're like the sheep who adore the Master, the miner who tolerates and even applaudes the company store, the slave who defends his Master's right to own him!
We have to see clearly what has happened to again be truly a Representative Government that reflects the needs of ALL the classes. However, for anyone who's paying attention, there is a new movement afoot. There is a rising up of those who "get it" and finally an understanding that the 1% need to let go of their power. (Of course, there are those who are championing the candidate who is the MOST 1% or the 1%, but I have hope, that the majority of people will eventually tire of the showmanship. ).
I am grateful for the laws of government that protect us. To not understand the protective nature of legislation crafted by our members of Congress is to be naive.To not understand that without laws that protect our environment, every city in the US would look like Pittsburgh did during the 60s - black sooted buildings and dark skies. To not understand that without the Super Fund enacted by the tedious, hard work of legislation, the Mississippi River would be filled today with toxic waste from FMC in Fridley. The examples are myriad.
To believe that the whole system would work better under a business model is to support an system of oligarchcy. Representative government was the whole concept to begin with. If "government" is broken, "we" are broken. If we don't love our government in the United States, we really don't love OURSELVES.
"A government of the people, for the people, and by the people". You are right- people's apathy is largely to blame for the deterioration of their governments. We have a tendency to sit back and watch if someone else will "fix" the system.
clapping at this answer - right on. Sadly so many people are willing to not participate and that needs to change. WE can't complain if we are asleep at the wheel and allow this madness to happen.
I think it's a matter of accepting the notion that all national governments probably think alike. Some might lean more one direction or the other, but that may have more to do with a government responding to a nation's own distinct culture to keep itself in power. Essentially, politicians are by definition people who seek power. A politician will do this in any way that the people of a country will allow him or her. At heart though, I think all politicians/governments pretty much want similar things--and these are nebulous, if that makes sense. One counterpoint is that people often complain about private entities just as much as they complain about their governments. Also, I have never heard anyone from Switzerland complain about his government being troublesome.
All national governments do follow the same trend. In an ideal world, the political class would put their mandate before their personal interests. But decades of different government regimes have taught us that this will never truly be the case.
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