Submitted by Deborah O’Connor.
Have we all become a bunch of whining micro-managers? Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but when did our opinions take over our lives? Has the explosion of readily available information and social media led to us all becoming know-it-alls?
For me it started with the federal election in the fall of 2015. So many of us were desperate to remove Stephen Harper and his Conservatives from power, and that’s understandable. What became less understandable was the partisan hats some of us wore night and day, probably in the bath tub too. It wasn’t enough to get Harper out, the squabbling over which party should do it became unbearable. Friends could no longer talk to each other over the big divide if they supported the “wrong” party. Bad feelings took many months, perhaps longer, to overcome. Some people never got over it and friendships became shattered over the issue of who should lead Canada.
Then came the American election, and all hell broke loose. The unthinkable happened when Donald Trump won the presidency, and every day new horrors await us when we turn on the television or open the newspaper. The future looks grim for all of us, with few options to wriggle out from underneath the weight of growing fascism.
Yet, as much as we all agree on many issues, we are fractured, divided by the sureness of our own convictions about how to fix things. Nobody listens anymore; consensus is almost impossible. It’s “my way or the highway” for too many of us.
As for this tired old Canadian, I’ve seen the error of my ways. Finally I have come to understand there is no single perfect answer, no politician who will do exactly what I think they should. Time for me, and all of us, to grow up, shut up, and listen to what other people are saying for a change. Be flexible and willing to consider what others have to say. Who knows, perhaps together we can find solutions to our problems that might not be perfect, but might just be acceptable, might just do the job. Like John Lennon said, “give peace a chance”. I’m ready, are you?