Democracy Reflection

A democracy is a type of government that is controlled by the majority rather than one single person. Since this is a very vague definition of what a democracy is, Aristotle goes into detail on the different types of democracies in his essay. A few of these consist of the rich and poor being equal in decision making, people being elected based on the property they own, and all people being equal in then government but the law being supreme. It is important to remember that the rich and poor having equal rights in terms of the government is a very good way to ensure that the best people are being elected to run the government. Aristotle continues to discuss both the importance of people obeying laws and the importance of having good laws to follow. Since people may follow bad laws as well as good laws, it is necessary to make sure that all of the laws are beneficial for society as a whole.

Benazir Bhutto, on the other hand, discusses the importance of both religion and democracy. One quote from her essay that stood out to me was, “Thus humans must seek and apply knowledge, must use reason, must consult and build a consensus for a just society on earth on which they will be judged hereafter.” Basically what this means is that everybody has to make the decisions that they will be proud to be judged on and the decisions that will make society better. As shown in the film, Bhutto was heavily influenced by her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. After he was killed, Benazir Bhutto became the first female to be elected as the head of an Islamic government. She was very supportive of the idea of a democracy and she made her hopes for her country known. She was hopeful for a free and open society that was full of equality and hope. Benazir represented a form of reconciliation between different types of civilization and, for this reason, she was seen as a threat by several different religious groups.

Overall, I think that democracies are extremely beneficial. They not only allow for the rich and poor to be considered equal, but they also allow the people to decide who they think is the best person to represent their country.

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