..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 ...

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...

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