Only the weekend remains before Canada votes in the Federal Election.
It’s been a divided campaign, which I suppose is a sign of the times. It all gets boiled down to our differences, instead of what holds us together as a nation. Most of us, regardless of race, where we live, sexual orientation, or political leanings want the same things.
Somewhere we have gone from respecting others opinions to considering others thoughts as an attack on our person, if they differ from our own. Of course, we will always have nuts out there, lately however, it seems we are all turning into them.
This morning, while waiting to walk into work, I looked up an online eyeglass store on my phone (I’m due for a new pair). Tonight, I checked the photo sharing Instagram app and there was several ads for online eyeglass stores. Damn! Somebody’s been reading my mail, I thought!
The same thing is happening with political leanings. We are fed what we already endorse. If you lean to the left, CBC will appeal to you and seek you out. If you sway to the right, Post Media will do the same. News stories will further their chosen political parties mantra. Facebook does this in spades.
Both sides will call the other sources, ‘fake news’. It seems the news agencies have fallen for the same trap as the rest of us on social media (read everybody), instead of ‘truth’ they are more concerned about ‘likes’. While Facebook and Google’s job is to keep us satiated with what is familiar, political and otherwise, and of course, provide a platform to sell us stuff, like my eyeglasses.
It’s all harmless enough, until we start considering our way is the right way and looking at our neighbours as the enemy. One could argue it’s the new religion. History has shown what happens when people get fervent over religion.
Come Monday, I’m unsure where my vote will land. I hope there is a good turnout. I hope the prevailing party considers all Canadians, not just the ones that voted for them. More importantly, I hope citizens, win or lose, look at the endurance we share together. No political party is going to set it right for us, it’s up to us to do it ourselves everyday.
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Carol A. Hand
Wise words, Bob.
Thank you Carol.
“No political party is going to set it right for us, it’s up to us to do it ourselves everyday.”
The best advice, if you can do it, is to go with the flow. That kind of advice is lost on guys with pin hole cameras. Thank God!
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Very well written and spot on all the way through! I must admit though, that I can be very set in my views 😉
As to the stuff appearing on your computer when you’re browsing after you’ve browsed something else, I clear my information down all the time when I’m online (absolutely everything possible goes, history, cookies, the lot – and in between each new site I access) but the next day, I still get ads for things I looked at the day before or in the past. Spooky and uncomfortable!
But you guys want to worry – you ought to be here with all the squabbling and trying to stop us leaving the European Union – which the majority voted for 3 years ago but it still isn’t being honoured! Democracy truly is dead over here…
It’s amazing what what they try to sell us. I guess we leave a big digital footprint in this day and age.
Well said it really is up to us as Citizens to participate and question, democracy is not a spectator sport.
Thanks Larry, regardless of the way we sum things up, I sure appreciate your writing.
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