Three lessons taught by Brexit


Brexit is a confusing and stunning experience and I can tell you that at first hand.


I don’t want to make the story too long, I don’t want to complain or start making comments about the idea of Brexit; yet I have to say that I learned something up to now from Brexit.

I will do my best to write here about what I’ve learned as brief and as simple I can and maybe you will hear me. 


The most important thing I learned is that we have to vote. We have to vote whenever we are called to vote.


Monday morning, after the Brexit vote, I was visited by two young colleagues, both native British.

Both asked me, maybe with different words, if the new world born that morning is not somehow a nightmare. They told me also that it would take decades for their generation to repair what had been broken overnight by the old ones.

I could only simple ask them: “You are British citizens; did you vote?"

Both answered "No, I wasn't voting" and then the only question I could ask was: "And then why are you crying?"

We can conclude about this first learning from a posh philosophical perspective ... This thing is like Schrodinger's cat; we will not know if in reality the cat is dead or alive until we open the box to see. That would translate here ... if we don't vote then we will live the reality voted by others ...

The second big learning is that big decisions should be made by qualified majority (two-thirds) and not simple majority (half plus one).

The role of statistics is extremely important when the numbers are very large, so practically that "one" of the simple majority rule has no relevance to a truth ... in fact it can be extremely misleading.

I think it is becoming increasingly clear to all of us that we live in times of when our opinions change and this is reflected in the changes of the main stream (paradigm shift). The changes are here, and there are many, and it shakes everything from the ground up.

Unfortunately, things are not completely settled down so the true majorities are not always clearly constituted. Changing systems can lead to major social upheavals when there are no real majorities supporting the changes.


The last big lesson is that vote absentee should be penalized


The universal vote was won by a very tough fight by our forefathers therefore we waste now all their hard gain by not voting.

Moreover, every right comes with at least one obligation. The right to vote should come with the obligation to vote.

I had the opportunity to be called to serve as jury at the Sheriff Court. I found out then that, if not excused formally, the absence from the jury service is heavily fined.  

If the failure to appear for a citizen service like the jury is penalized with a heavy fine, I think that voting absentee should be fined as well.

My text intended to be short and clear is already too long (and probably not so clear).

I finalize simple:

I will go to vote; from now on I will go to all the votes to which I am called ... if democracy will continue working and I will be called to vote again.