I always prefer democracyPublished 8:06pm Wednesday, August 14, 2013
One fact that I cherish about democracy is the actuality that government is exercised either directly by the people or through elected officials who represent the people. This reality becomes consequential when the elected officials work for the interest of all that they represent. I do not relish it when elected officials undermine some people that they represent by allowing autocratic elements to penetrate their system. Autocracy is synonymous with monocracy and it utterly condones hard core partiality. Furthermore, autocracy can lead to high degree of resentment from those negatively affected by it.
Uncontrolled power in committees, boards, city, state, or national governments can gradually result to autocracy. It is regressive, belittling, and absolutely autocratic when an elected or appointed group gives positions only to buy a person’s conscience and support.When you take a stand based on what you believe to be right and the group or a person that your stand did not favor comes after you in manner that’s likely to cause great concern, that’s autocratic. When a school board, for instance, constantly makes decisions without considering the interest of all the students and staff in their district that’s autocratic type of leadership. When a board is dictatorial and controlling, that’s autocratic leadership. A majority of the group makes decisions constantly without caring about the input of the others or care less about their feelings that, in a way, is autocratic by nature.
The negative impact of autocracy is measurable. No doubt that this type of style leads to lack of trust and creativity which ultimately affect the group’s performance negatively. Autocracy simply implies that the next person who is not your supporter does not matter. I was concerned one evening when a lady who works for our school system walked up to the school board president and I, after a Career plan program, and accused us of not helping the small people. When I followed up on the statement, she said that the board does not help those without name recognition or those with the so called right connection. I was concerned because I know very well that, “Whoso stopped his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”Prov.21:13.
We need to be more empathetic and we need to be more humble in our approaches. Empathy is not same as sympathy; empathy entails putting yourself in some else shoes. If this action that you’re dishing is reversed to you, would you like it? Material possessions do not depict humility from my perspective; it is how people place themselves above others and how they place God are what really matter.