By PAT WATSON
Many of us know what we would like to have happen to create, if not a perfect world, at least one that is more equitable, more just. There would be food for everyone; there would be adequate housing; there would be good healthcare and education for all; the young and the elderly would always be well taken care of.
The problem is that we can’t quite figure out how to get from here to there, so that many put their faith in those who offer themselves up as leaders with answers to how to make our world function better. But the truth is that no matter whom we strike a deal with they are still only men (and they are mostly men) and none of them is bigger than the system.
The state of the system is why some feel disappointed in what many had deemed a great hope, not only for America but also for the world, in Barrack Obama. Let’s agree that Obama is a good man with the best of intentions for his country, but let’s also admit that in a world of competing visions and a system designed to act as a restraint without prejudice, everything – good and bad – is sucked of its energy before it has a chance to become all that it could be.
Everywhere we look the political peculiarities of individuals and groups present more tragedies or at best comedies of error.
We’ve got in two weeks a federal election in Canada where one campaigner tells us that we shouldn’t even be having an election we’ve been manipulated into yet, at the same time, is asking us to give enough votes to his party so that he can become leader of a majority government. So which is it? One fellow speaks as if he will be the next prime minister when we all know that’s about as likely as a Black Canadian becoming prime minister of this country.
While these individuals market their version of how to save the world, countless millions fall victim to a plague of flawed perceptions.
The micromanagement of macro systems is the conundrum. Far too many workers have suffered under the direction of some controlling micro-manager of a boss or co-worker. Maybe you are one or the other. You’d think by now those who stress themselves out thinking that they have to control every detail of an assignment and those who end up on medication or going on stress leave or losing their marriages over this kind of madness would call a truce. But this epidemic continues to wreck havoc.
Take that group of eight who put their faith and so much of their money into the City of Toronto’s pilot project to bring ‘ethnic’ cuisine to the streets. The group overseeing the Toronto A La Cart project insisted that the prospective group of hopeful entrepreneurs follow a labyrinth of rules that all but guaranteed their businesses would not succeed. Then as the food cart businesses foundered, the micromanagers’ response was along the lines of ‘we can’t baby-sit and hand-hold people who are supposed to be running their own business’.
So shutting down the pilot project two years into its three-year mandate is the City’s best answer?
This kind of stuff makes my teeth ache – it’s so unjust. Where is the voice of reason at Toronto City Council that will lay out an apology and full compensation for these people who had to bend to the crushing rules of this doomed project that insisted the street carts had to be purchased through the City at a cost of $30,000 each? These carts were not designed for the bad weather days and winter days, of which we have far more per year that any other kind.
Here is another appalling case of nauseating colonialist mentality once again showing the foolishness that kind of thinking always is.
A note on making Easter count…
This is the holiest time of year for the Christian faithful, and certainly a time for meditation on what it means to follow a life path as laid out by the teachings of the Christ. Praying is one thing, making an unwavering commitment to adhere to Christ’s credo is the real challenge here on Earth.