“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrows questions” – Edgar Cayce
I spend a good part of the past week data mining the information sources for my last article, time to kick back…put the feet up by the fireplace…oh damn the cable fireplace is down for the season…oh well.
On a dark, rainy and windy evening in Nanaimo I was suppose to be at Maude Barlow‘s water crisis presentation. As I said on a DARK, RAINY and WINDY night looks like it’s the Page 1,2 of the World’s Mens Curling Championship.
In between ends I keep flipping over to my PVR to catch up on The Originals with Sleepy Hollow in the queue. It’s raining with trees rattling (I check for that because my car is parked uncovered except by this heavy tree) from the wind but I can still hear the sound of the curling rocks on the ice well enough to turn and look.
Meanwhile in the rumblings of my numbed mind I started to percolate one of those things like an epiphany moments but haven’t quite got there. Wow Brad Gushue just throw a beautiful shot and now they are heading for the 5th end break. The demographics of my entertainment viewing is really diverse but so is the community. I just see it in different ways. Continue reading “Word Whispering”→
“But if thoughts corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought.” – George Orwell 1984
Friday’s confession has to do with a topic dear to my heart, the use of words or the science of semantics. With the pending BC election people need to start paying attention to what lies below the words (some call this subtext) and get to the detail (substance). There may be a bit of research needed but most often just apply some common sense. If a guy is standing there in what looks like a white grad outfit, pointy hat with cowl and a Maltese Cross on it telling me he won’t tolerate racism, well I think you get my point…
We recently watched the American election run on rhetoric and hyperbole. That election was an exercise in how rhetoric can be effective as long as enough polymer is used to avoid substance. If you look up polymer you will find the word “ubiquitous” in the definition. Being a bit more abstract it is not difficult to equate the definition of polymer with societal beliefs. We create what we are based on how we interpret what we are told.
Words are powerful so how we use them can go a long way. How words get interpreted is even more important and interpretation begins the moment the image we associate most with that word happens. On a subconscious level we create a piece of imagery representing that word and will often dismiss an aspect of a conversation because of one piece of misplaced imagery. This is one of the reasons why word-smithing has become a politicians best friend. There is an art to using words that will encourage specific emotive responses and truth becomes a matter of interpretation. Sad but true…
In a recent chat with one of my much younger neighbours (a forty year difference between the two of us) we were discussing words and how the perception they create can vary. He asked for an example. I automatically throw out “manipulate” (setting up for election discussion) and his initial response was one of negativity. But when I put the statement into the context of having seen a Chiropractor for some “joint manipulation” he changed his opinion of the word. The cognitive imagery created by the word changed when the context was established. Continue reading “Whispering Words…”→
“As you remove toxic people from your life, you free up space and emotional energy for positive, healthy relationships” – John Mark Green
I thought I was done and was packing up the keyboard. I was just going to shut the site down, rearrange my life and keep my opinions to myself. I was feeling increasingly like “white noise” and I thought it would be easier just to shut down. Two months of biting my tongue has shown me it is to difficult to blindly accept the level of societal negativity going on around me and be quiet about it. It is increasingly difficult to maintain a stiff upper lip while the chasm between right and left ideology continued to deepen. I am not so sure now is the time to shut down.
I have reread my last article a number of times now and have had time to reflect on where that anger was coming from. I don’t like anger if for no other reason than it fucks with my feng shui. During this period of reflection I came to the realization that I owned some of the responsibility for this anger. I had started personalizing issues and that traditionally leads to lost of control.
I usually pride myself on my ability not to personalize issues, comments or give up control of my emotions but I slipped. It wasn’t any one event, it was information overload, too much negative news and complicated by social isolation. And as a political junkie, it’s difficult not to be a little negative these days so it just seemed easier to shut her down. When you don’t golf, hike, cycle or take long walks on the beach you don’t have a lot of venting space so shutting it all down seemed like the path of least resistance.
The last two month has been spend reflecting going through my year end activities. Things like shredding old pay/staff records. Seven years and this is the last year of records I have to shred. Getting my own taxes done, working some policy issues through with the local health authority, trying to stay on top of access problems in my own town and the list goes on. All of this has given me time to reflect on a wide variety of issues and things keep coming back to government policies. It’s not that they are not there, it’s just that they are not policed. We defend rights by speaking up for them, not adjusting them on the fly.
Reflection also gives you time to recharge and I did need that. During this period of reflection I kept receiving my news alerts and they were screaming for a comment. When someone can lecture a young lady who has been on crutches all of her life about the dangers of using stairs people have to speak out. Up until the late 70’s persons with disabilities could be refused rent on anything above the second floor and I do not want to go back to those days. The bigger issue here is why that particular night spot didn’t have an accessible bathroom… Continue reading “I’m Coming Back…”→
I have been making a real effort to avoid any return to political blogging but this one I can’t let slide.
Ms. Leitch please, you went from asking what you referred to as a simple question regarding Canadian values to “enhance a unified Canadian identity“. Words are powerful and emotive. From a semantics perspective there is a big difference in the subtext of Canadian “values” and “identity”. Hiding behind semantics to advance, what appears to be, a questionable agenda not only insults my intelligence, it also insults my “Canadian identity”.
I was born in Manitoba, grew up in Alberta, lived in Ontario (mainly Toronto) for three years, lived in Montreal for a year, Halifax for almost a year and 25 years in BC. There is no such thing as a “single” Canadian identity. There are many, many great Canadian values and for you to sully them under the guise of enhancing a unified Canadian identity requires that I speak out. Continue reading “Ms. Leitch Please…”→