Said Khallouk

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Can we change the mentality of a whole country in ten years?

Is it possible to change the way people think in a short period of time in order to make the place where they live more democratic and free of corruption ??

  • Oct 30 2013: No.

    First you have to alter the education system so that new generations will have different thinking. The greater changes in thinking the more drastic and difficult the alterations will be.

    Then you have to wait for the generations of the old thinking,for you will not be able to change them as a whole, to frankly die.

    The generations that are then adults who would have went through the new education will not be fully invested in it as their parents will likely have been of the old thinking and you will be in a transitional phase of society.

    It is not until the children of the first wave of the new generation are "in power" that you have truly changed the mentality of a nation.
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    Oct 30 2013: No. Cultural shift take generations. There will never be freedom from corruption ... that is a fools dream. The best we can hope for is to control to some degree and prevent rampant corruption. Laws are not barriers they are suggestions that carry a consequence ..... if caught. If 75 is the speed limit there is not a sign that says I cannot exceed that rate .... the sign tells me if I do and get caught there will be a consequence. So the question is if I drive at 80 MPH all the way did I break the law .... or did I not heed the suggestion .... I only break the law if caught. A argument for another day .... LOL.
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    Oct 29 2013: I believe before the internet 'Bom', changing the way people think in a short period of time was quite impossible as some of you have said, but now with the social media phenomenon, a simple idea shared on Facebook or twitter or on any of the other social networks can be seen by millions in a few hours or even in a few minutes. How many demonstrations has been started with a simple clic these days? the answer is, so many. this makes me believe that it is possible.
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    Oct 29 2013: Short of some kind of benign dictatorship then no, I don't think it would be possible.

    I'm afraid other than that, drastic and sudden change can only come about in the aftermath of a crisis such as war or natural disaster.
  • Oct 29 2013: Did Emanuel Swedenborg cause any changes in Sweden over ten years?

    How long do you suggest it would take for the world to change?
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    Oct 29 2013: Probably yes, it depends on the incentive I guess.
    Look at Nazi Germany, A whole nation's collective mind was changed, unfortunately for the worse, in a short period of time.
    • Oct 29 2013: Unfortunately, radicalizing is much quicker and easier than doing the opposite.

      We're talking about a shift towards democracy and equality however, not away from it.
  • Oct 28 2013: In short, no.

    In length, democracy is a regime that works quite well once set up and running, alongside a democratic tradition as well as separation of church and state.
    Those two things are cultural however, and very difficult to change, especially from outside. There's more to it than setting up parties and voting. It needs to be an internal process, which typically means letting it develop on its own (which means it may never develop, but it still beats forcing it and watching it fail, potentially catastrophically so; even a best case failure leads to instability).

    It doesn't help that corruption is even harder to stamp out...
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    Oct 28 2013: With sincere and visionary leadership, change can happen in less than ten years . visible change. With the support of the media and social institutions, a credible government can change a lot.