Everyone has used majority rule to decide things at one time or another, haven’t they?
Majority rule is used to make decisions at work, at school, with a group of friends, or even on a national scale.
Majority rule is used in many situations like this, but there are also many opinions that point out its problems.
I often hear the following arguments against majority rule. “It’s killing off minority opinions!” or “More respect for minority opinions!” or “Just because you use majority rule doesn’t mean you’ll get the right result!“
I think majority rule is not so good because it results in the minority’s opinion being ignored.
I don’t think it’s good to have a system that allows the majority to do whatever they want
However, I think that majority rule is an essential part of decision making, and that it is because of majority rule that things are decided and the situation moves forward.
I’ll explain that in more detail below.
Majority rule does not determine rightness
In the first place, majority rule is not about deciding which is right.
It does not mean that the majority opinion is right, nor does it mean that the minority opinion is wrong.
Majority rule is a way of deciding like “Let’s try this one for now!”
I mean, for example, let’s say a group decides whether to go to a dog park or a cat park.
The question of whether to go to the dog park or the cat park is not like a math problem where there is a fixed answer.
It is up to each person to decide which park they want to go to, some want to go to the dog park, some want to go to the cat park.
If you are debating which way to go on a problem like this, which has no fixed right answer, you will never get an answer and the day will be over before you know it.
In the worst case, the discussion could break down and end up going nowhere.
Majority rule is the tool used to settle a problem that has no right answer.
If you use majority rule, you can decide where to go for now, so you don’t end up spending the whole day talking about it.
For now, you can move the situation forward.
Majority rule is used to move stalemates along and to move things forward.
It is not used to decide which is right or wrong, but to move things forward.
It’s true that there’s no point in arguing all the time about a choice that divides opinions.
Besides, people who wanted to go to the cat park might say they found the dog park surprisingly interesting
There are many problems in this world for which we do not know the right answer, or for which we have different opinions due to individual differences in thinking.
In order to solve such problems, we need to set a policy.
And by using majority voting, we can make a decision about that policy.
In this way, majority rule focuses on deciding.
What matters in majority rule is respect for the will of the majority
However, I think that if you decide things by majority vote, you will always be told something like this. “Respect the opinions of the minority!” or “Don’t kill off the opinions of the few!“
It is true that we need to respect the opinions of minority groups.
But since things are decided by majority vote, don’t we have to respect the opinion of the majority more than the opinion of the minority?
Respecting the opinions of the minority is certainly important, but if you insist on it all the time, things will not move forward and eventually nothing will get done.
So what do we do? I think we have to try to move things forward once according to the majority decision of the majority.
I think it is hubris to think that one’s own idea is absolutely correct when considering a problem for which the correct answer is unknown, and if the minority refuses to follow the majority’s decision at all, the order of that group will collapse.
Maybe it’s easier to understand if you imagine we get lost and after the group uses majority rule to decide whether to go the right way or the left way, then the minority rebels and splits!
I think the minority of people who don’t accept the result of the majority vote can be ridiculed as selfish people.
No one lives in this world alone, and as long as we live with others, we have to think about them.
So when using majority rule, it is important for the minority to accept the majority’s decision.
That way, even if there are disagreements, the group will be able to come together again after the majority vote.
There are many issues where we don’t know what the right answer is, and that’s why it’s important to follow the majority’s decision without thinking that your opinion is absolutely correct.
You have to be humble and listen to other people’s opinions, don’t you? It’s not easy for me, though.
A minority rebelled against Lincoln’s election, and the Civil War broke out
In the United States, Lincoln, who opposed slavery, was elected president in the presidential election of 1860.
The fact that Lincoln was elected means that he had the support of a large number of people.
However, a minority of people still wanted to maintain slavery and rebelled against the election of Lincoln, who was against slavery, and the minority seceded from the United States.
Then a war broke out between those who were in the majority and those who were in the minority, which eventually turned into a massive war with over 500,000 dead.
Thus, when a minority of people do not follow the decisions of the majority, there is an increased likelihood that order will be disturbed and great chaos will occur.
The example of the Civil War is a rather large scale example, but even in smaller groups, if minority rebels against the outcome of a majority vote, the same chaos will occur.
I think it can be said that minority groups need to respect the will of the majority and submit to the decisions of the majority in order to avoid being isolated and disadvantaged.
The quality of those who use majority rule is also questioned
Those who deny majority rule often cite the example of the Nazis led by Hitler to point out the dangers of majority rule.
It is true that the majority of the German people at that time created Hitler, but the situation in Germany at that time was not normal.
As a result of World War I, Germany was saddled with enormous reparations, equivalent to 20 years of the German national budget at the time, and when the debt could not be repaid, Germany’s territories were taken by other countries.
In addition, the German economy was ravaged by hyperinflation, and then again by the Great Depression, and the unemployment rate reached a whopping 44% (over 6 million unemployed).
In such a situation, Hitler, who shouted for the revival of Germany by overthrowing the old politics, won the support of the people.
It can be said that the anger of the German people gave birth to the monster Hitler in such a situation where the economy was in shambles, people’s lives were suffering, Germany’s territories were being taken by other countries, and other countries were only thinking about themselves when the Great Depression occurred.
In a sense, I think it could be said that this is the result of a functioning democracy, for better or worse.
Democracy represents the will of the people, and it could be said that Hitler merely represented the will of the people’s frustration and anger.
So I think it is a bit different to use Hitler’s example to deny all majority rule.
It is not that majority rule is bad, but that the quality of those who use majority rule is also very important.
For example, a kitchen knife can make people happy if it is used by a skilled chef, but if it is used by a person who has a grudge against others, it can lead to the worst possible outcome.
A knife can be good or bad depending on how you use it, and I think the same can be said for majority rule.
After all, nothing is perfect, and everything has its advantages and disadvantages at the same time.
I think it’s only natural that the same thing can be used in different ways and have different results.
Majority rule also requires the quality of the people who use it, and as I said earlier, I think it is strange to use Hitler’s example to deny all majority rule.
So far, I’ve explained a lot about majority rule.
If you are going to deny majority rule, then I would like to hear what other ways of deciding are available.
Will it be decided by lottery?
Or will things be decided only by a few educated people, the so-called elite?
If it were in our best interest to have decisions made by the elite alone, Japan would not have gone to war with the United States.
I still think that majority rule is the best compared to other ways of deciding.
So, even though there are both good and bad points to majority rule, I still think that the option to decide by majority rule must be there in the end.
I don’t think there is a perfect system, and I don’t think it’s right to focus only on the problems of the system and deny the system altogether.
Because there are things you can do by using that system.
Now that I know that majority rule is not a way to decide if things are right or wrong, but a way to move things forward, my distrust of majority rule has dissipated considerably!
There are many different ways to do voting, so if you’re curious, you might want to do a little research!
I’m kind of interested in that, but I’ve got so much stuff crammed into my head that my head hurts, so I’m going to bed for now
Majority rule is so simple and yet so profound, isn’t it?
I’ve been writing for a long time and my head hurts, so I’m going to bed too.
So, thank you for reading this long and hard!
See you next time 😉 ☆