Democracy = Sharing

Friday, June 1, 2012

My father was a man of clear and precisely-expressed ideas. He was a “self-made man” with only an elementary education. A tireless worker, after many years of lost sleep while studying at home he progressed from being an unskilled worker in a factory in Tortosa, in the lower Ebro valley, to the director general of an important antibiotics manufacturing plant. 

One day, while discussing “genuine” democracy, I’ll never forget what he told me: “Democracy is rooted in sharing”. Those who have the most, the most fortunate, must show solidarity and offer equal opportunities to those who have less. 

Let all of those who feel no solidarity take note: democracy is sharing.