These shots from our 33 km (20.5 mile) bike ride on August 26, 2020, gave me the idea for this post. Recent local and world events caused me to hit POST a lot sooner than I planned. I try very much to inject a bit of humour into my posts, but would be remiss in not speaking to the current chaos going on in everyone’s lives.
Humanity is at a true crossroads right now and as long as we think that our point of view is the only one that counts, the only one that is right, we will all continue to spin in the wind, making little or no meaningful progress in the right direction, while the world burns around us. It is no longer enough to simply be a passenger, we must all take our turn at steering.
Lately, we have been having a written and phone “dialogue” with our elected MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly). While he listened and sympathized, saying he would take our comments back to the caucus, we have no illusions that the current course will be adjusted any time soon.
It always amazes me that the first order of business for any new government is to point out the mistakes of those they succeed and then take steps to erase all the work (good, bad or indifferent) done by that party. Think of all the wasted time and money in implementing and then reversing.
Legislative assemblies, by design, are supposed to be cooperative and do the best for the people who elected them, but in short order, they all follow their party lines and turn confrontational, as the party in power thinks they know what is best for all the people and that their mandate makes any change the right change. They often attack the perceived problem, but seldom address the underlying causes.
While the poem below relates to our Provincial crossroads conundrum, it has equal application to the situation in our National Government and the Governments in many countries, both near and far and indeed to the pandemic, climate and human crises being faced all round the world.
At a Crossroads
At a crossroads, which way to go?
North, South, East or West, who’s to know?
Are we foes or are we best friends?
This constant battle never ends.
Leaning Left or on farthest Right?
No middle ground, always a fight!
New elects undo work from last
good laws, bad laws, away they’re cast.
One way lies hope, the other fear,
for those seeking peace, war hawks jeer.
Real injustice goes oft ignored,
might makes right, pull out gun and sword.
There’s an answer for all to see,
call out injustice, take a knee.
Cut through rhetoric, calm the storm,
listen to all sides, be informed.
Dissonant views bring naught but hate,
work together, ere its too late.
Daily rhetoric gets my goat,
for ev’ryone’s sake, please go vote.