The ongoing Lokpal mess has got me thinking – can democracy ever work? I mean, can a group of people really take a right decision? Through experience, I know the answer as ‘No’. A group may take a decision; but there’s no guarantee that a group can take a ‘wise’ decision. Ask a group of people to go and buy the best mangoes in the market and they’ll never be able to decide. The democratic system that we’ve adopted is flawed – because it relies on the decision that ‘majority’ of people believe is right. But you know what? What a large number of people believe is right; is not always right. For example, the world believed that the Earth is flat and then it required ‘one genius’ to prove everyone wrong.
Collective Intelligence < Individual Intelligence
Above heading summarizes what I’ve to say. For good decisions; you always need ‘ONE’ well informed & wise person who has access to all the facts necessary to arrive at a decision. Those who’ve read about Steve Job’s style of working know that he’d act as a dictator. He’d just know what people would like and what he’d make people like. That’s also the reason Apple never seeks feedback about their products from their customers. Steve Jobs rightly said, “People don’t know what they want, unless you show them what they want.”
Democracy is designed to fail
…because it relies on the opinion of the ‘majority’. Why does it assume that what ‘majority’ of the people representatives think is the right thing? In order to improve the chances of making a decision ‘right’, ‘vision’ is necessary. Decision is meant to result into the steps to be taken to arrive at a destination; and this destination must be decided by having a ‘vision’. It’s highly unlikely that a group of people will have a common vision and even if they do have a common vision; everyone’s interpretation of it will undoubtedly vary.
For those, let me sum it up with a famous saying –
“A Camel Is Horse Designed By A Committee”