Education of the masses – have we to change the elite? Or, may be we have to change the people?
Out of Europe, thinking we are progressive people, we look at an America questioning itself about the way to go.
What has to be changed?
Look, the power plays, the problems are the same over the world = elites are acting almost the same, but the peoples are not reacting the same. Peter Sloterdjik, a german philosopher meditates about the ‘education of the masses’ and sees:
- if we tell the masses ‘you have to change’, they feel not beeing ok (and they reject you), or
- we tell them, guys, you are splendid, and they no more move.
Question: how to tell people that they have to change, that it is not ok what is happening now, making them feel in the same time that they can stand the fact that not all is ok?
Maybe you can try to change the elite, but this brings only the well known dialectic plays of ones in power and the others in opposition, plays we know since 10′000 years. They may also become war-plays.
The European constitution was rejected by Frenchies and the Nederlands, just because the elites (AND the peoples) were not able to resolve this question. Elites come and go, so what.
Peoples have to remain.