Philosophy and the Human Good
Ideas or Philosophy of Social Improvement
The possibility of social justice has always remained a complex problem. Since the creation of the institution of state, people have been trying to establish fair and beneficial conditions for all citizens. It would be fair, because the cooperation should be profitable both for people and the ruling leaders. Many countries of the world have considerably moved forward in their strivings for the humans’ good, but still there are territories, where most of the population experience exploitation, poverty and shortages for realization of basic human needs. The leaders of many developing countries promote certain ideas or philosophy of social improvement, but, in fact, they can do nothing in the conditions of global market competition.
In my opinion, people are not born equal, because they come to this world in different social environments and have different abilities, mentality, and ambitions. There are those who are encouraged and promoted, and those who are suppressed and humiliated. The latter have to achieve success or just a decent level of living without any help or support. Nevertheless, I believe that any progressive state should endow every citizen with an equal opportunity in getting success in life and the possibility of the pursuit of happiness. It means fair market competition, legal conditions of labor, the absence of human trafficking and exploitation, the access to quality health care and education, legal defense of property and business, freedom of religious, ethnic and gender representation.
The philosophies of a fair social state have proven their insufficiency. For example, Marxism theory, which was very popular in the beginning of the twentieth century, led to the utopia of the socialism building. The main theoretical principal of Marxism underlined the equality of all citizens in the goods distribution. In the end, after seventy years of self-deception, the countries of the former Soviet Union faced the necessity of survival in principally new market relations.
In my opinion, the national government should shorten its intrusion upon business and services delivery in order to promote sound and fair competition. Even educational and health establishments should experience the necessity of constant development and improvement stipulated by market relations. The state governments should legally regulate the monopoly and fictive price establishment, create laws for fair state regulations, control and support the military service. The leaders’ income should be transparent and accessible to the public discussion, and in no cases it can present examples of leaders’ incredible enrichment.
Global society puts new questions to the citizens of the world and dictates new conditions of cultural and national coexistence. People from developing countries leave their native lands in search of better working conditions and reasonable compensation for their labor. Floods of immigrants appear in America and Europe nowadays, because the governments of these territories have managed to organize the life of the society in the way profitable for the humans’ good. People from developing countries can only dream of the social guarantees and welfare, which is present in European countries and in America.
American leaders have never got the ambition of creating conditions for everyone’s good, but they promoted the ideas of hard working and self-sacrifice for having opportunities in life to provide decent living for the future generations. The USA claims to be a democracy with sound market regulations and competition background. The general American philosophy is vividly represented by the idea of American dream. It means an opportunity for those who have courage, talent and will in getting success without any discrimination on racial, gender or religious principles. The human good is not in philosophy but in action.