Pen & Paper

I believe our global world is teetering on a precipice or an abyss. However we wish to view our global situation, because there are too many dictators that have now gained power. The supposed purpose of our American Democratic Republic was, and hopefully will be again someday, for religious freedom and economic prosperity. Democracy, however, is losing.
Therefore, in my opinion, writers can and should share their views. America’s policies are everyone’s business, because our lives, how we live our lives, are dependent upon on our written and verbal voices. Writers have a voice—an audience, a vibrant and often collective voice. Fiction, especially, is a vehicle to express societal needs and wants for a better life. Consider A Tale of Two Cities, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roots, and so many others. All of these written works represent…

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Posted January 6, 2020 by kenneturner in Information


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  1. It is very possible that the ideals that you talk about here, of democracy, is also merely another religious doctrine.

    Think about it. Just as I may not adhere to any particular ‘religion’, I am fully able to understand how a set of doctrines, beliefs, rituals, etc… fit together sensibly. In the same way someone who is ‘religious’ can understand democratic ideals.

    The pinch i think is in the ideal that this certain set called “democracy” some how describes ‘religious belief’ but that religious belief does not inscribe likewsie democracy. The issue is exactly in so much as those who adhere to this belief in democracy feels like it’s something that is “not religious“, as though it is not based in the same type of faith, the same type of understanding, the logistics of how we know and understand, as the “religious beliefs”. And this pisses every one off who is “religious”, Becuase to these other countries, these other theocracies, say, the ideal of democracy is telling them that how they understand the world is somehow less than or somehow explainable or accountable to this other type of idealism called democracy, whereas the religious sort is not allowed to claim how democracy fits neatly into its own system, the “religious”. That is the rub, and I think why our world could be in such turmoil: not Becuase we are not being democratic, but because we are being democratic by not allowing other religious systems an equal veracity so far is being human. That is the contradiction of democracy: freedom of religion means that, in the same way as the Jews had to answer to Roman, only creates discord in the end.


  2. Thanks for the comment, which brings to mind Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy In America.” It also brings to mind Kierkegaard’s “Either/Or: A Fragment of Life.” For Kierkegaard, this oscillation between void and plenitude, surface and depth, produces fructifying spiritual electricity; the dissertation has rightly been called “a program for life” and “a life task.” Real faith, be it religious or state, does not confuse success with merit, good fortune with divine approval; it comes to grips with the fundamental reality that in this world, the righteous suffer no less—and in the worst of times, far more—than the wicked.


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