..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

the Merry-go-round keeps turning to the same tune

One of the more repetative questions asked about politicians is why do they take the high ground when they're seeking the coveted seat of influence and power only to turn into the very thing they so loftily decry as outsiders once they get settled in that seat.

In one word, envy.

The lure of the grail makes for much righteousness because that's what gets you there. Everybody envies those that are nestled into a comfy political nook, their apparent affluence, influence, and even effluence, all those perks and bonuses, seemingly unlimited resources, friends in higher places, servants in lower places, and so on, while condemning their compromises on getting there. Then, once they sit their asses in those same comfy lounges, the compromises begin to look more like sacrifices, the influence becomes a burden, the perks become crumbs to be scavenged, pseudo-friends become adversaries and competitors for the very resources they all scramble to wrest from each other. In short, the old phrase "the grass is always greener on the other side of the house" becomes more than just a saying. And soon the realization is that "reality sucks" so they begin to reward themselves for all the hardships they now endure in their new positions of responsibility.

And once again we have it, the conversion, the evolution or devolution of a politician.The cycle begins anew as the newly anointed, newly arrived aspirants to the political arena prepare themselves to be voted into office to replace all those incumbent fat cats and crooks who are living off the goodwill of the taxpayer.

Its the same story with the same plot and same audience and only different characters to cheer on or turf out. The saddest thing about it is that every once in a while, when one of the newbies doesn't follow the script, the audience is overcome with suspicion and just to be safe, sends that one packing before any real changes get a foothold. After all, what would that do to us in the time between elections? We would have no idea how to deal with that, would we, we'd have to pay attention to know what's happening, wouldn't we?

As I've said before, idiots, we're idiots, and we don't deserve any better.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

worship...of a different sort

While I'm in the mood to talk about "stupidity", today the BIG event is a store opening.

People began lining up outside the hallowed gates to the promised land by 10 pm last night. The radio announcers couldn't speak clearly because of the drool running out of their mouths and brains.

What is it in these minds, those of the customers and promoters, that makes this a significant event in their lives? What do these people aspire to in their day to day living?

No wonder drugs are in such demand. Substance is trumped by momentary rushes of "contrived excitement" during the time between waking and falling into unconsciousness.

Is this an example of "stupidity" or just numbness? It's probably both.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

...the trouble with OUR politics

Canadian politics at both major levels are about 2 things - scandals and getting elected. Way down the list you find actual policy issues and running the 'FAMILY BUSINESS", that's the country or the province.

I guess running the "business" and improving things in general are either too mundane or too complicated for the average serf so we look for excitement to keep us at least somewhat engaged. Voila...scandals, real or imagined, makes no difference, but the more intrigue the more exciting and the more engagement.

The media knows it so they feed the monster what it wants, the pundits stoke the embers, the coffe-shop crowd chew on the tidbits, and Timbits, with little idea of the facts or the real issues. Such is the everyday political discourse among the masses. Give me juice and give me beheadings, and don't bother me with the boring stuff.

We love to complain. We're always willing to jump to conclusions that we base on rarely enough information to give us a fair idea of what's actually being proposed or even done. If we paid closer attention we might not have all that much to chew about so we ignore the important stuff that could get in the way of a good rant.

Calling for public inquiries is a popular hobby, but we rarely get the desired effect from them because they take too long and dig too deep, and most of the time just don't provide the satisfaction we expect from them. So, we look for the stuff we don't like and we beat it to a pulp before the facts actually come to light; it's far more exciting that way.

And it's stupid! More exciting but just stupid.

This is why governments treat us the way they do - we demand it of them and they're happy to oblige. Every election ends up restarting the same sit-com we know as politics, and we crave it. We're idiots through and through.

up next... why do we reject so much of what governments do? ...stay tuned...

....and we're back!

It's been a while since my last post, yet little has changed in the world I write about.

That's about to change; my interests have broadened so I'll have lots more to say from here on.

Politics - Provincial and Federal, both arenas are abuzz for various reasons, and with that comes plenty of commentary on other blogs. The thing I get twisted about is the tendency of blogs to take on a bent and see everything from a very narrow, purely partisan perspective, much to the detriment of free-wheeling discussion and interaction of opposing views. In effect, they tend to shout down any contrarian views to their own and that simply renders that blog useless as a discussion forum, and brands it as a "support group" for the originator(s). What the hell's the point in that?

Being a single snowflake in a mountain of snow means I'm pretty much writing to myself and won't be getting much back, BUT, that might change some day if I keep at it. One thing for sure, it won't happen if I do nothing, so here goes!

First off, the Federal political scene is pulsating with suggestions of scandal and controversies galore, BUT ...

.. on the other hand ...