You don't get shot, bit, hung, killed or slapped for getting your voice in. It's built to echo the nation in one true voice, which is heard unfiltered as it sounds it out. When we all keep the democratic peace, and get our voice in, the echo may be saying a lot of things at once (we're a big, diverse nation). It may not be very pretty to hear but they're being said loud and clear. That's how we know that our perceived reality is indeed one. This becomes our key to how we can all live together in peace and harmony. We all get to originally hear each other. You can speak with respect and be heard with respect.
- One/a group can choose to believe what is not factually true for himself/themselves. That is allowed. It is not cardinal sin.
- Thought doesn't hurt and is not detrimental by itself. If one/a group wants to hold on any thought they like, they are free to. They may only be restricted once they adversely inflict it on another person in action.
- No individual's views automatically bear upon any other person. Offence is a personal matter, defined by intent to offend.
- Ridiculing and mocking another's thinking doesn't help. It happens often with people who have different viewpoints that are, by a more prevalent standard, advanced but not prevalent for everyone.
- Mere holding of a view does in no way turn into action, and therefore makes it infectious to society.
- Freedom to accept, reject, debate and question everything is always allowed in a cordial, respectful and orderly manner.
- Definitions of right & wrong are better exchanged with those of true & false, factual & non-factual or destructive & beneficial ones.
This multi-planar core of peace and discussion is where any democracy is possible first. Despite all the damage we've done to it, it still works, and thank heavens we're still not apiece. It doesn't look like we will be for a long time. As we last out this grace period, can we work by the system and not against it? We can probably make it a forever. And, yeah, welcome to the circus! Just don't be upset when you see things getting topsy-turvy. As long as everyone's important and equally respected, we're on the right track. We'll get there, and better.