Friday, January 31, 2014

Mosiah 29:26-27

"Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.
And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land."
Mosiah 29:26-27

This is when Mosiah is changing the government from being ruled by a king (him) to being ruled by judges.  I've always thought that it was pretty cool of Mosiah to do that.  To offer more responsibility to the people, to offer them more freedom, without anyone having to rebel or start a revolution.  He was also concerned about how things would go if his son changed his mind and decided that he really did want the kingdom... definitely.  But still, how often do you see governments change hands, and especially become more democratic, without bloodshed?  This is amazing.  I also think that this is a good thing to think about... that we don't make as many mistakes when we make decisions as a group.  When we *talk* to each other, and everyone has a say.  Sure, it is slower sometimes, and everyone might not know all the details, etc.  But the best point is right here.  It is rare for everyone to choose badly together.  And we see how easy it is for one person to choose badly, or to sway a family or a community... a company or even a country.  But if we make choices together, usually we can avoid the bad choice.  And then, of course, if *everyone* wants badness, then it's probably almost time for the apocalypse. ;)  ... But hey, today, let's participate in our government.  Let's help make some group choices.  Let's try to keep the choices good. :)  Let's communicate, collaborate... let's work on understanding each other... or cooperating rather than competing.  Maybe we can keep the goodness going for a long time, if we try. :)

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