Creative Commons Copyright Pam Walatka
When forming the United States constitution, John Adams said,
"This will be the first government founded on the principles
of Nature." The principles of Nature call for checks and
balances, with no one source of power always dominant.
Body democracy is the process of allowing equality and respect for
each part of the body. Many humans have a tendency to let the
brain rule like a dictator, squelching protest from other
parts of the body.
Some of the basic principles for coordinating a country
or a body:
- let each part be conscious (educated and not excluded).
- let each part have its freedom.
- follow a few basic principles.
- have a center of over-view (president or forehead brain)
that is subservient to the whole.
That mind is best which governs least.
Tyranny, in a country or in a person, encourages the citizens
or the body parts to use treachery (uprisings, pain) to get
what they need.
For example, suppose one's butt is tired of being sat on. The
butt sends a message to the brain, "Get off of me! Let us go
outside and walk around in the fresh air and sunshine."
The brain says,"Shuddup, I have to finish this report. Besides,
I am too tired to move around."
"No, listen,", says the
butt, "this is important." The butt initiates some back pain to get
attention. The first pain is subtle and polite; the brain would have to have zen awareness
to even notice it. The next pain is a little sharper. If the brain ignores that,
the pain gets worse.
Some brains wait until the pain is crippling and incapacitating. The
dictator-brain thinks it always knows best.
In a democratically run body, the brain would be obligated to listen
to the other parts of the body when they are speaking up like participatory
citizens. The toes say, "Give us liberty and give us health!"
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