By Letter to the Editor on July 9, 2019.
How do we see the world? Is it simply “eat or be eaten”? Have we lost the perspective of a co-operative, big family affair, a neighbourhood, a community? Have we been swung too far into being individual and competitive?
Canada has enjoyed a respected place in the world by encouraging co-operation. When we approach problems thoughtfully, peaceably, we encourage a similar response. Competitive, bullying acts shut down co-operation. Trumpish bluster, “My way or the highway” gets backs up, creates tension.
Are we allowing ourselves to be radicalized? Some pushy sales types don’t want us to take time to analyze decisions. Media too have demonstrated the pushy sales technique. Politicians have adopted the same fast-talking bandwagon approach. “Don’t think, just join the parade; are you with us or against us?” Some politicians constantly cry the sky is falling, or the economy.
We are stressed about debt, jobs, corruption, fraud, and the mud is thrown madly about. These bandwagoners do not want to deal in facts or definitions, their currency is emotion. When they stir up doubt and emotion, they eliminate analysis and thought. We are encouraged to join the crowd. Exaggeration and fuzzy logic is the common language of extremism, liberalism, globalism, freedom, free trade. These terms are not clearly defined – their definitions are assumed, distorting meaning to their purpose. To be educated means to be thoughtful, not reactionary like frightened sheeple.
“Meaning brings us happiness; happiness does not give us meaning.” – Esther Perel. She adds: “Community welcomes difference.”
Why extend my hand? Because it makes me human. What you are making yourself feel in relationships through accepting others the way they are. So can we be a little less herded and rushed, more thoughtful? Can we be a little more neighbourly and co-operative, especially in our politics?