Tomorrow We Dance To Freedom

Build Human Imperfection into Societal Structures

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You have to start from the assumption that it is worth saving. At least those of us assembled in this room believe there is some semblance of decency left in this attempt to govern wisely. But we must assume that in order to follow ideals of the highest order our fellow citizens needed to elect pure unblemished angelic representatives. How was this ever possible given the imperfect world that begets individual creatures not from an inelegant mold? The flaw is not in the exacting rational concepts infused into our branches of government but in the imperfect marriage of those well thought out brilliant forms with the irrational, ignorant, and purposely corrupt human beings that would occupy our government posts. Couple these very normal people with the abundance of influence peddlers operating to overtly and covertly subvert everything to their will and you're left with nothing brilliant - simply forgettable.

Maybe a good scouring would wipe the slime that's accumulated from around our edifice of power. The eternal problem with humankind is we always endow our simple constructs with layer upon layer of illusory self-assured complexity until we're left with nothing more than inoperable theories.

Maybe we need to just design our societal structures to be a reflection of the most imperfect of our peers. Our reality must therefore be representative of the experiences of every other imperfect human occupying this chaotic world. Embellishing everything we do with the utmost perfection only complicates our existence when it all comes crumbling down. Therefore, let's suppose from the outset that complication is embedded into anything we create simply because we're always attempting to reach perfection even though it is utterly unachievable anywhere in the universe. Tidy, neat, compact, orderly interactions in an efficient, equitable, and just environment is a ridiculous dream on a planet seething with 'cowboy' types fighting their imperfect battles for survival.

So what transpires from all our imperfect selves interacting in our imperfect world is the sustenance of influence that is tied to ultimate power that orchestrates the play of the governmental gears (although imperfectly) in order to sustain their power. If we accept the fact that in an imperfectly constructed cosmos we can never hope to achieve perfection why not then purposefully incorporate imperfection into our societal foundation realizing full well we can never hope to eliminate it entirely. When we know that it must exist because we've placed it there let's resolve at that point of organizational conception to reduce its negative effects - make it less imperfect. In essence, let's work within the realm of reality that we're dealt instead of constantly striving to create a world of illusion that could never exist.

How many imperfections can we identify? Are they all worth our attention or should we just focus upon those that perturb our society in measurable ways? Many examples of flawed human behavior rooted in personal imperfections have been ameliorated. Realizing that a certain segment of the population will never wear a car seatbelt the air bag was installed in most cars. Of course the impetus for installing air bags in cars was to reduce car accident fatalities 'across the board' but this simple addition to the automobile also assists in reducing a negative result (namely death) by those imperfect among us all that may not wear their seatbelt when driving.

Our goal should be to bring out from behind the shadowy corners into the bright light of scrutiny every practiced imperfection. This is crucially important in reducing those imperfections that may significantly perturb our government's ability to justly, equitably, and efficiently represent us. It may even be possible to design an imperfect economic system that ameliorates real world imperfections like greed, arrogance, and inequity in an attempt to achieve a more sustainable, and stable economic community.

It should be apparent that just legislating behind layer upon layer of laws requires the addition of more laws once the original ones have been circumvented by determined imperfect citizens. Ending in an eternal 'tit for tat', remedy and response cycle only negates our best efforts. One thing is achieved - an ever increasing expense of energy and time best utilized in more productive endeavors.