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IŽd better stick to my music lab

Have you ever noticed how Superman suffers, and loses his power, when he comes too close to the green material Kryptonite?
I don't think I am Superman.

Still, I experience similar heavy reactions when I come across moralism, twisted radical feminism or any religion, including those practicing barbaric "traditions" such as baptism and circumcision of the defenceless. Freedom-violating politics immediately leaves me paralysed and, even worse, makes me extremely despondent about the human race. These violations of personal freedom and the private sphere are my Kryptonite.

Unfortunately, the nature of democracy has severe faults. People elect representatives that they trust to lead a country, but the pitfalls in such a system are many. To begin with, quite a few politicians have convictions – possibly very private ones – heavily saturated by religion or prejudice – and what is more, these convictions are based on ignorance. These factors aren't necessarily talked much about before a general election. Politicians have an unfaltering confidence in what they believe to be true, and very few are willing to let themselves be open-minded.

Is it tactically wise to let biased and unenlightened people form the legislative body of a country? Well, no. Simply because legislation concerns everyone.

Do politicians have to prove that they know the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and are they pledged to remove any law or law proposal that breaches these? Obviously not. Is it then tactically wise to let these people form the legislative body of a country? Well, no. Simply because legislation concerns everyone.

Then there is the matter of the voters in a democracy. If they know that the candidates (and even some parties) are ignorant and prejudiced, and they still vote for them, it logically follows that a majority of the ordinary men and women are to blame when bigoted legislation comes into effect. What makes it even worse is that over 50 % of the voters might actually agree with narrow-minded politics. This scares me.

Is it then tactically wise to let oblivious, careless people vote for who shall run the country? Again, no. Simply because legislation concerns everyone. 

But this is the true nature of democracy, and this is what always strikes me as utterly senseless: an uninformed mass elects ignorant politicians who make bigoted laws, and there is obviously nothing here to prevent clearly moralising and prejudiced policies, often driven by very personal convictions and feelings, from taking effect.

To be honest, I have difficulties knowing who to trust in this democratic power-chain, including the people closest to me, never knowing if new autonomous-depriving legislation pops up out of reasons that only can be traced back to bigotry or personal agendas.

A good system, or perhaps not?

All right, no humans seem to be perfect, and in order to be a little constructive, an obvious improvement to democracy would be to automatically reject any sentiment, religion or proclaimed moralism in connection with policy making, because they suffocate people that simply cannot accept this fanatical straight-jacket. It would also be a huge improvement if elected representatives had to prove that they know all internationally accepted human rights by heart, and could in some way be compelled to consider them before drafting law proposals.

It is as simple as it is serious: freedom-violating politics automatically breaches several articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and whole nations will suffer because of this.

Perhaps it would be an equally good idea to let voters prove that they in fact know what they are voting for, in order to avoid detrimental results. Then, at least, the election would mirror a choice based on knowledge, rather than on ignorance, knowing that the electors have actually voted using their intellect, and have not just followed ingrained, populist patterns which are often controlled by emotions and mass suggestion.

If you wish to poison your own mind with moral hysteria, twisted radical feminism or religion, please go ahead, since this is a private matter. But please don't exploit democracy to push the convictional "drug" on all the citizens in a nation.

So, when I come too close to state-manufactured Kryptonite, the only way for me to keep afloat is to turn away in time to avoid the lunacy completely, even if it means I have to leave the country permanently: no reading of newspapers, shunning other unpredictable sources of information. Tiresome? Yes, indeed. But I have no other choice; I am not equipped with a "filter" to save me from exposure to, and to help me ignore, state suppression.

Luckily, a few things in my life are always exceptional - untouchable in quality, pure and timeless. What these are, I will keep to myself. But these gems always generate music in my head

Superman or not, every new day will present me with chunks of Kryptonite.

I'd better stick to my music lab.


Tightrope walking

Interview with Flint Juventino Beppe

Published January 9, 2017

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