Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Fixing Democracy, Part 3
This is the next in a series of posts on how to make our
democracy work better based on an article in The Intelligent Optimist magazine
(formerly Ode) by Tom Atlee.
“In addition to being more resistant to corruption, such
panels constitute microcosms of the citizenry.Individually, panel members are more like their fellow citizens than
politicians are. In fact, they are ordinary citizens. Together—because of the
way they are chosen—they embody the diversity, values and life experience of
the whole community from which they were selected.Note how different this is both from elected
politicians and from participatory approaches that are based on whoever shows
“Used in this way—to create a microcosm of a
community—random selection helps keep democratic processes fair and vibrant.
Every citizen has an equal chance of being selected, and being selected is a
great honor and responsibility shared by all.
“Random selection is not a wild new idea. It has a long and
interesting history. Roughly 2,500 years ago, Athens’ democracy was run with a mix of
direct democracy (all the citizens voting on everything in a big assembly) and
random selection (they drew lots to fill 90% of the official positions in
government).They used elections only to
choose their top generals and to fill Athens’
top financial positions.They considered
random selection fundamental to democracy—a sacred embodiment of fairness and
citizen responsibility for the welfare of the whole community [not 47% or 99%].”