Try be­ing more thought­ful, co-op­er­a­tive

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - Don Ryane Leth­bridge


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?

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