By Abbey Mikha
This essay intends to show weakness in Plato’s argument for the conclusion that democracy is a bad form of government. The most questionable of the three premises of the main argument as reconstructed by Dr. Pinto is premise two which states, “The majority of citizens are not competent to make fundamental societal decisions.” Moreover the unconvincing support for premise two is assumption two which states, “You aren’t able to achieve the most good possible consistently if you don’t know the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions policies.” Plato perceives that only a small minority of people have the ability to perceive the true consequences of their actions and policies and how much good can be accomplished from the decisions they make hence they alone can achieve the most good viable and only they should make all the decisions that will impact society. This relates to the main conclusion since if such individuals alone are capable of making decisions and they are the minority then the majority of people are not capable of making decisions. Hence this line of reasoning would determine that democracy is an inadequate system of governance. Plato has chosen to forget the goodness and principles of the farmers of the world, especially the Assyrian farmers who lived in his time and still live in the Nineveh Plains, and those of the children of the world.
Assumption two following from premise two is false since not all who have knowledge regarding the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions and policies can achieve the most good. Not all such individuals have the tenacity it requires to implement their knowledge of relative goodness into actions and policies to achieve the most good possible. Thus the question arises of whether a human can have the ability of knowing relative goodness yet still not be competent to make such societal decisions for lack of courage. Common knowledge tells us that there have been many such individuals who knew so much of the relative goodness Plato speaks of yet were not able to contribute their knowledge. These individuals were so lacking in courage that they had no ability to rise up against negative norms. Individuals who cannot rise against those who oppose them knowing much, maybe even knowing all, yet still are not able to put their knowledge into action. This I call phobia of the repercussions from just and moral acts. It is in our engagement that we show what we have knowledge of not in what virtuous conclusions we have drawn within our psyche. Therefore the sub conclusion leading up to assumption two that a person or group may seem to lack knowledge of the relative good of possible outcomes of possible societal actions policies and is not competent to make fundamental societal decisions is unsound. Since such individuals may stumble upon knowledge of the relative virtue of possible societal outcomes and policies and may be just as competent to make fundamental societal decisions as those who harbour knowledge and know the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions policies but have not the courage to implement their knowledge for the betterment of society.
A simple farmer, perhaps an Assyrian farmer, who sustained the world by spreading the farming method and cared for the earth since ancient times, an old wise unschooled man or woman may from experience have knowledge of true goodness or intuitively choose the good. Such an individual may even have the courage to implement and follow through with actions to achieve the most good possible for his or her society if they had the power. Hence such persons would be as competent to make decisions pertaining to society and should at least have the right to voice opinion and choose what is right and good seen through their minds eye. Assyrians have been farming in Assyria for thousands of years. Even wine making originates in that region and time and prior!
A child perhaps, a five year old girl, my neighbour, when asked how many times she eats a day, and if she could would she give up one of those meals to feed five children of the world who are very hungry responds with a yes. Through her innocence she chose what we believe to be morally good and not just for good of her society alone but for children of the human race around the world. Without knowing of the good specifically the child shows competence and even more competence than many of the leaders today who know so much yet ignore the cries of hungry dying children all around the world. My neighbour would help children in Africa, Syria, Assyria, and every child who thirsts and hungers, but that is because she is kind and supposed mature humans are unlike her.
How many souls have walked upon the earth who have known and have had knowledge, yet when in positions of power forgot this knowledge or even misused it. These could have contributed to the betterment of our world and to the human race, but could not rise up and defend what they knew in the depths of their heart and soul was true and right. They could have influenced the world positively for the future of the children of the earth, but they did not, not because they lacked in knowledge rather because they lacked in courage.
In conclusion premise two of the main argument is weak, assumption two is false since not all of who have knowledge regarding the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions and policies can achieve the most good. This makes the sub conclusion frail. Hence the argument that democracy is a bad form of government is not substantial. No small minority of individuals regardless of the amount of knowledge which they may have or which they harbour within their psyche should be given the power to rule over all and we should have faith in our workers, the farmers, including the Assyrian farmers in Assyria, the old wise unschooled souls, and our kind children the future who stumble upon knowledge at times through wisdom and innocence.
By Abbey Mikha
Every day since I became a conscious human being I have thought about the Assyrian Martyrs who were massacred in 1915 in Hakkari, Tur Abdin, and other Assyrian areas and also in Simele in 1933. I am especially thinking about these Genocides today August 7th because today is Assyrian Martyrs day. Today we remember again those who perished and who we remember in our souls.
The Seypa Genocide is a part of my identity. I am a descendant of Assyrian human beings who escaped this Genocide from Zerineh Jilu Hakkari and Mardin Tur Abdin. This Genocide which was perpetuated against Assyrians, Armenians, and Pontic Greeks at the hands of the Turks and their cousins the Kurds, devastated our nation perhaps forever.
I really feel that today in 2016 history is repeating itself and the Assyrians are suffering again and again as they did one hundred and one years ago. I ask God and the universe to protect my little nation and not let us be wiped out by cruel nations who do not have any humanity and only know the love of money, power, weaponry, and backwards religious mentality.
God be with the Assyrians who are still being held hostage in Syria today and all others who have fled and are seeking life in other countries. God help our people and may all individuals of other cultures sympathize with the Assyrians who are literally being silently wiped out today.
I pray for each and every Assyrian. I pray for your little children, for your girls and boys. I pray for your teenagers and those who are become young adults in this difficult time. I pray for Assyrian people of all ages and especially the courageous elderly. I pray for this nation that the human race has forgotten and ignored.
May the Spirit of the Assyrian Nation shine brightly amongst nations in these difficult days! May the love in the hearts of Assyrian children and people surround each Assyrian individual in the homeland and protect them. May this love build bridges amongst our Assyrian people and bring us closer together as one ancient Assyrian united nation.
Lastly, may the truth become evident that the Assyrian nation was always in the heart of Jesus the Christ and any nation in the heart of Jesus deserves to survive, thrive, and bloom unto eternity. As Jesus said, "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment for they repented at the preaching of Jonah."
I light this candle in the name of every Assyrian, past, present, and future and especially those who were annihilated by the evil forces which to this day still have power.
God bless all Assyrians!
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Abbey is a writer and blogger interested in humanitarian issues. Abbey is striving to be a mental health consultant. She is writing her second book, "Not The End" and she hopes to speak to mental health communities all around the world using her story and experience with mental health to give hope to others struggling.
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