Democratic Arithmetic

Processes in democracy that work for common good, often involve arithmetically driven compromises. However, sometimes the processes devolve to a game of numbers. One of the ongoing debates is the following.
Why should 49% percent listen to what 51% want to do?
And the argument usually extends a solution asking for requirement of a bigger majority like 66%,
Well, this suggestion runs into a counter argument. Why should 35% of minority decide what NOT to do?
Democracies around the world have treated this dilemma in several ways. One of the solutions is we need super-majority to define who we are (read what our constitution is) and simple majority to decide what we do (ordinary laws)?
We can apply similar concept in our personal context! We always carry a pool of competing thoughts which determine our actions and beliefs. Our actions may be performed even when we don’t have absolute conviction but our beliefs about who we are should be accepted by our thoughts unanimously!


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