Blog 11: It has been always the same, but becomes harder.
In the beginning of the democracy, I think, the meaning of being a democratic citizen hasn’t been changed a lot, however; I believe that it becomes much harder than any other times of history.
Throughout this semester, I examined and considered these two questions; what is a citizen? And who is a citizen? In this very busy and capitalized society, how come we become a citizen to promote democracy, and take such a big responsibility to live together with others who have different ideas of several things in lives than that of us?
As we talked in our class, I think being a citizen means becoming someone who ask questions about the way world is, and gets people to think what is justice, and democracy. In addition, citizens should consider not only his or her self-interest, but should pursue public good that could ultimately benefit not whole community.
The lost art of democratic debate
Actually, this concept of citizenship or citizen virtue has begun from ancient Greece, when Aristotle emphasized the idea of politics, justice and democracy to people in that time. I believe this idea is still powerful and right in terms of being a good citizen.
Aristotle says,” If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost”.
However, in our current society, being a citizen becomes very hard. Capitalism and
neo-liberalism, which promote market rather than democracy, creates so many choices and manufactured desire in our mind, it prevent us from asking a critical and hard question, and forced to us becoming only consumers not citizens
They (Market, and neo-liberalism) forced to think us ‘we have freedom to make a decision, and we are all equal in terms of buying any product in market. However, I want to argue that we are all equal only when we buy IPhone at the store, but we are not equal when we pay a monthly bill after we buy it.
The meaning of being a democratic citizen, I believe, hasn’t changed much, but it becomes much harder than any other times of history.