NAME: ILECHUKWU SUCCESS. NAME OF SCHOOL: CEDEC INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL. HIGH SCHOOL TOPIC: IS IT IMPORTANT TO LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY?
This is a question everyone has different opinions/ideas about. Well, in my opinion, it is really important to live in democracy. However, democracy is the government practiced by the people or by members of a state through the elected leaders.
I can’t even imagine living without democracy in our societies. Before considering that fact we should think about our fundamental human rights, like right to life, right to freedom of speech, without democracy would we still enjoy these right of ours, especially the right to vote and to be voted for, would it be possible for eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote and be voted for in a free and fair election.
Moreover, living without democracy is like living in bondage under selfish representatives who don’t care about their citizens welfare and use violence means to cause us to live according to their rules without accepting any opposition to their rules, whereas, the citizens of a country form a governing body and give their different opinions on each issue concerning the society which affects them as citizens of the country. For example, the imposition of tax on fixed assets.
In democracy, no single force decides what happens and its outcomes, this allows for popular participation of the people in democracy. Economists criticize democracy by saying it slows down processes because of different activities needed to put up a decision, but, in my opinion a decision to be made for a whole nation should not be taken easily without proper consideration on how it will affect the citizens living in the country. Gone are those days when one ruler decides what happens in a country and all citizens have no choice but to follow his decisions.
Furthermore, history has it that as far back as 399 BC that a greek philosopher, Socrates, was sentenced to death, because, he expressed his views and opinions. It is just like in a monarchy system. Well, living in a democratic system, you are fortunate to express your opinions about any situation, without being violated because you have the freedom of speech. This promotes debates, group discussions which are necessary for the development of a country. Democracy as a form of culture or way of life of people can promote group discussion where people come together to voice out their opinions and share ideas while others listen and learn from them. This culture makes the citizens of a country to understand themselves better and together contribute to a country’s growth.
This is a free world, nobody is born a leader, so why should we be lead by one person, all follow all his instructions like a flock of sheep which adhere to the instructions of it’s shepherd, you can force a sheep to go the river, but you can’t force it to drink water. In other words, we can be ruled by a government, because we have the power to change any bad government, and elect a government of our choice to represent us.
When we live in democratic societies we are exposed to things happening around us, due to free press from social media like newspapers, radio stations. It also, gives citizens of a country a sense of responsibility. Even if they are in other countries for some reasons, they still eager to know what’s happening in their country. Right to life can also not be denied in a democratic society. Nobody has the right to kill or assault anybody, unless he is found guilty for his crime and can be prosecuted under the order of the court of law after proper investigation. It also makes all citizens of a country irrespective of gender, whether male or female to be equal. In a democratic society based on equity and justice, both male and female can be allowed to work in any company of his or her choice regarding that he or she is worthy of the job, this is unlike a monarchy system, whereby jobs are given according to the gender of a person. Democracy, also gives equal rights to both the rich and poor people in the society. It allows the poor people to posses their properties without collecting it from them with any form of violence, intimidation, by the rich.
Also, in democracy, there is existence of accountability of state’s administrative organization, this makes people from other countries to invest in their state and also have partnership with some companies in their state, this result in the development of the country. It also guarantee’s security in a democratic society, the citizens live a secure life, without the fear of attack from terrorists, because of the provision of security officials in the country to ensure that lives and properties are secured. There is also provision of and equal distribution of resources among the states of a country without being partial to any state, in order to provide for human needs like the equal distribution of raw materials.
But, in a situation where all these rights are denied to some people in the society, when there is no equal distribution of resources, no proper security in the state and mismanagement of public fund, there might be crisis in the society such as, war, increase in crime rate, destruction of lives and properties. Just like a country like Nigeria, which had gained independence in 1960, since fifty years, but has still not developed in its democratic society due to its poor macro economic policy, poor political rule, mismanagement of public fund, inadequate skilled man power. Moreover, we have countries like Botswana, which has increased drastically after attaining democracy in its country, because goes according to its constitution and rule of law strictly. Any country under democracy should follow its constitution and rule of law, give equal rights to all and have an independent arm of government in their countries to live in a proper democratic society, in order for other countries to imitate their countries and also attain democracy in their countries and make the citizens of the country live peacefully in their societies.
It is really important to live in democracy , in other to enjoy these rights mentioned above, live peacefully and create a better society for the future generations.