Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The results of revolution may be disappointing, may be disillusioning. The result of revolution may be depression, fear, or death.Revolution may be great sacrifice leading to worse governance.
Why do we revolt? Why do revolutions happen? What are revolutionaries feeling?
Revolution isn't revenge,is it? Revolution is usually about governance, isn't it?
Men and women revolt because they know, feel, believe that they are poorly governed. very poorly governed. A revolter has found no better way opened to change the governance he is experiencing. He feels so oppressed that change is a must.
A successful revolution is one that leads to enough improved governance. Of course 'enough improved governance' also prevents revolution.
Revolt too often fails. It fails to lead to enough improved governance. It fails to provide enough improved governance due to lack of understanding of the the ways, means, and techniques of good governance. A way to prevent revolt or to give successful revolt a better chance is to provide potential revolters with a better understanding of the techniques, ways, and means of good governance. We can protect ourselves from painful revolt by teaching one another how to govern well.
So, a step toward successful revolution is also step toward preventing revolution. Most good citizens and good revolutionaries already have and appreciation for good communication. Still, many of these good people seem to lack the will to use their communication skills to teach one another more effective communication skills. Perhaps they lack awareness of the nature of their needs and abilities.
Often revolution is mounted by a coalition of parties. Citizens find it beneficial to co-operate with groups they may have opposed. Once revolutionaries deprive oppressive rulers of power, members of coalition parties too often lack sufficient skill for co-operation with and for compromising with other groups. Worse, there is lack of common understanding of the nature of governance desired. They have not understood one another.
In the name of peace, justice, and good governance it is vital that we improve our communication skills. Improving communication skills is a step toward improving governance skills. Bettering our dialogue skills is an effective step toward justice, better governance, and healthier peace of mind. Of course the content of our communication is also of great importance. What we talk about may be a matter of life and death. How we talk about what we talk about is often of similar importance.
I think that we must dialogue into existence clear common understanding of the nature of governance we desire and of the ways and means of carrying on the ongoing creation of that governance. We must come to an understanding of one another's assumptions related to good governance.
Still, doesn't a man deserve to have a beer and watch the game?