..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 ...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Revealing the pollsters' con, ...finally!

Alberta certainly made a mess of things ... for the pundits, the experts, the pollsters, the media and the voters themselves.

The results of this week's election set them all on their heads, and it's been overdue for a long, long time. We've devolved to the point where it was just blindly assumed that pollsters couldn't ever get it wrong, and the pundits, experts and media simply took their data and packaged it to suit their own marketing purposes.

For me, it re-enforced the belief that voters, no matter how much they chew and bitch about what's being done or not done during the time between elections, really are uninformed to the point that they have little or no idea of what they should and can do to change all that's behind their endless gripeing the rest of the time. When it comes right down to it, the moment of truth, when they make that single history-shaping mark in the voting booth or on their home computer, they almost always get cold feet - frozen feet - they lose their nerve and they do what they've always done, vote for what they're familiar with, what seems the safe bet. They vote for "I don't know the rest of them but I do recognize this name so it's the one I'll pick - what could be wrong with that? At least it won't be any worse that what we've got, and who knows, it might get better because they know I'm not satisfied with what they've do up to now."


The public deserves every turd they get because they can't be bothered to pay attention any other time. The pollsters and media think that they pay attention to all the crap that's published and broadcast and that it somehow has an effect on the outcome but it's not that at all. It's fear... fear of something different that motivates and impacts their choice. It's that fear that makes them hesitate and repeat the familiar when the chips are down and the mark is made.

Maybe this Alberta "clipper" will see some big changes in how the pollsters and the politicians perform from now on; how they view the voter, and their connection with the process. Maybe it will humble them a bit and temper their practice of taking their expertise and influence for granted.

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