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Serious Defects in Modern Democracy 4 - Deep Democracy

What do we mean by the term Deep Democracy?

Deep Democracy developed as a political principle, in the 1980s, having first demonstrated its use in integrative psychotherapy. Unlike Classical representational and Direct Democracy, which focuses on majority rule, Deep Democracy suggests that all voices, states of awareness, and frameworks of reality are important, and are all needed to understand a more complete process of the political system.

In order to understand the complete process we pose the question, does democratic governance have to be global to be effective? Deep Democracy suggests this is the case in a number of ways. First, attitudes focus on the awareness of voices both central and bedazzling in a way that all voices and views are given the same degree of importance. Secondly, these principles are to be used on all organisations, groups as well as personal inner experience; people in conflict etc. Thirdly, humanity needs to experience Deep Democracy as a bedazzling process of flow, in which all actors on the stage are needed to create the play being observed. Democracy needs to be a dynamical system that considers human needs and responsibility at all scales and levels. It is reasonable to deduce from this that Deep Democracy is the only form of benevolent governance that can produce such a political reality.

Democracy has always been based on direct or representational majority rule. It has functioned as a flawed concept in individual nations and societies, since its Greek inception. The reason for these flaws is that democratic government has always been based on linear Euclidean geometrics and a similar hierarchical structure to that of Aristocratic rule. As Democracy embraces the right of free speech and freedom of the press, it is certainly by far the fairest of all political systems, yet, as pointed out this articles, it still has many serious defects.

Free speech and freedom of the press are important, but without Deep Democracy, they can become abusive forces of tyranny, unrelated to emotional and social realities. According to Deep Democracy principles, in representative democratic systems, people often ignore the need for relationship between parties using free speech. Both parties, those who champion for free speech, and those who champion for limitations in the interests of public safety, need to relate more to each other and learn to understand the visions and ideals that are behind those diverse views.

Deep Democracy involves openness to other individuals, groups and nations. It includes feelings, dreams, body symptoms, altered states of consciousness, synchronicities, and an awareness of signals, roles, and the structural dynamics of the interactions between the parties involved. Deep Democracy can only be effective if we live from the heart. As matter of fact the most fundamental forum is our own heart. Therefore, both as facilitator and as a human being, we need to learn to listen to our hearts.

Support of deeper dialogue has been around at least since Plato argued for the inclusion of women in public discourse, albeit only the female upper classes. Unfortunately for slaves and foreigners, Plato's thinking didn't extend to include them. Nevertheless, he planted a cultural seed that needed another twenty-five hundred years to sprout, one which is only now coming to fruition in culturally creative and humanitarian ways.

At its most basic manifestation, Deep Democracy, refers to an openness towards the views of other people, groups, creeds and nations. It also embraces an openness to emotions and personal experiences, which tend to get excluded from conflict and rational public discourse. As Buckminster Fuller said, "We need to support the intuitive wisdom and comprehensive informed-ness of each and every individual to ensure our continued fitness for survival as a species.