By Gabriella Gatchalian
Democracy is defined as a system that ensures that citizens within a society are able to participate in their government, and take control of it through the majority rule. Several governments around the world have claimed to be democratic, however, after looking at certain situations within their country, it is noticeable that their definition of democracy has been altered. To be a democracy is to prioritize the votes of the majority, but the difficulty in purely establishing this belief is that the majority doesn't always know what best for a country. There is a business saying that every employee knows by heart, “The customer is always right.” This is a flawed philosophy, as the government has issues happening behind closed doors that citizens are often unaware of. To decide what happens in the country based on the external events is reasonable to a certain extent, however, there are times in which the majority is unaware of the situations lingering beyond the perception of the people. These are the times in which the definition of democracy has to be altered.
Believing that modern day governments demonstrate a genuine democracy is just an illusion, for the amount of power that a citizen has over the government has been limited due to either the betterment of the people or the corruption of the government. It is important to remember that no matter how elite government officials may seem, they are still ordinary citizens distinguished in their role due to unexpected turns in a country’s economy. No matter how many constitutional rights protect the idea of democracy, citizens must always remember that the government complied of a board of individuals that have the ability to think the way citizens think; meaning if the people are able to create their own opinions on how a government should be ran, then the people within the government will be able to think the same way. It is difficult to maintain the same values that a country stood for in its beginning stages, therefore the alterations that are made in regards to how a government should work, and how much power the citizens have over such government, is bound to change as time progresses.
The illusion of a democracy is important in maintaining a stable society. If the people are able to think that they have power over the government, it will give them the feeling that they can change the government however they want to. If citizens are unaware of the alterations and the deprivations they have in regards to the decisions that are made in their country, they are less likely to rebel and force a change in their government.
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