6. Why Do People Form Democracies?

Unfulfilled needs of citizens. Governments do not change, because governments have no motivation to move with the social evolution of societies, as individuals continually develop new needs to fulfill their new interpretations of the three core values. Governments remain crystallized in the state of social evolution of the times when they were formed. This explains how and why revolutions, revolts, and uprisings occur against democratic governments.

The formation of a democracy is a visible statement by citizens that their political circumstances no longer provide the liberty to fulfill their needs and to pursue the urgings of the three innate core values for themselves or for their society. Matters are made far worse when it appears that there is no hope of their needs being fulfilled due to the intransigent nature of their government and economy. Then the right of self-determination by one becomes the right of self-determination by the many who have no institutionalized form of empowerment to effectively participate in changing the circumstances of their situation.

For the American Colonists it meant political freedom to form a democratic nation where every person had the freedom to pursue their own life as a monarch of their own life. For the French Revolutionaries it meant economic freedom from impoverishment, when the 1% was divested of their land holdings and other properties.

  • Said another way, a democracy is the only type of governmentthat has the potential to organically accommodate public trends of by millions of individuals for fulfilling the values that have sustained our species, as they determine, within the restraints of liberty.

Organic democracy. There is an organic connection between a democracy and how it supports each individual to fulfill their pursuit of the three core values of social sustainability. Democracies provide the nurturing social, political, and economic environment that encourages individuals to grow into their potential by making their own decisions. When we gain an understanding of this organic connection, we can appreciate how democratic cultures have become so personal to individuals, and collectively for the public. The identification between the individual and democracy is intimately organic to each person. It has become my democracy, our democracy. The culture that grows out of such an intimate identification makes for a powerfully fierce population who will resist encroachment of their ability to fulfill their species-driven hierarchy of needs.

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“There are no shortcuts for a civilization to become sustainable.
Only sound intention, moral fortitude, and unflinching perseverance by citizens offer the capability of moving families, communities and whole societies in that direction.”