..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 ...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

big water is a magnet few can resist

Cobourg has a harbour, a fantastic harbour, a man-made harbour built for a purpose many years ago. Now I might be narrow minded about some things and perhaps this is one of those things, but to me, a man-made harbour is built for shelter, nothing else. There are naturally occuring harbours carved out by mother nature, often to be found in rather remote areas, and these are perfect for nature's children. Is it a coincidence that man-made harbours are mostly found at the terminus of some sort of watercourse, I think unlikely. Location and purpose are entwined. Do birds, animals, people frequent harbours, do they derive benefits, both mutual and exclusive, you bet. But why does man build a harbour? Is it for the animals or the birds? No, it's for the boats, plain and simple. The fact that animals and birds are drawn to them is understandable and a natural thing, but it is not the intent, not even a secondary one.

With the planning of expansion for the human use of the larger part of Cobourg's excelent harbour reawakening, the non-boating population perceives a threat to their enjoyment of that feature, that enjoyment being a colateral benefit of a boating facility born of one purpose, shelter for boats. It's wonderful that such a fine facility has provided multiple secondary benefits, to be sure, but none of those benefits provides any kind of material support to help sustain the facility they so happily and freely enjoy. It is, in fact, the boating use that provides all of the resources needed to sustain this fine facility. That brings me to the old adage, those who pay the freight call the shots. Freeloading is great if you can do it but it doesn't give you any leverage, and why should it? After all, it's the "taxpayers" themselves that incessantly remind us and each other at every turn, who should be calling the shots when it comes to spending the money they provide. Same applies here.

However, even though I can't support the cause of the naturalists in this argument, I do have a solution. That solution involves putting up the money needed to develop a natural waterfront sanctuary immediately to the west of the boating harbour, bordered on the east side by the breakwater that has been part of the natural environment for some time now, and continues to be the main feature of their argument to maintain this area as a wildlife haven. That area also has central to it, the terminus of a watercourse, Factory Creek, making it a great option and one that would not be threatened by human activity at any disruptive level. Of course the opponents to such an idea would protest at the cost of such a development but this is what's required if their interests are to be addressed, indepedently of the resources provided by those greedy boat-people who want it all to themselves. I don't have a boat myself, and I don't ever expect I will, but that doesn't mean I think they deserve any less than what they are willing to pay for as well.

Our excellent harbour is a boating facility, not a natural one, not a wildlife sanctuary, a man-made garage for boats, plain and simple. The fact that things have evolved over time due to fluctuating and temporary changes in use and need, doesn't profer upon it, a special status to which it is not suited in the final analysis, and which it cannot sustain itself through the non-existent contributions of its secondary beneficiaries. Better to plan for purpose-driven uses for our entire waterfront than attempt an integration of incompatible uses that would always find fault with each other and never truly achieve a harmony of coexistence that a great waterfront has the potential to provide.

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