Dragons... does anyone really give a damn?
This is a series of pictures that put into context (in a way) what I have been discovering about people's perceptions of almost every issue. One of the first two pictures I presented back on December 14th in my first posting was actually the number 2 of this 4 pic series... take a look. They were all taken within seconds of each other. The top one here caught my attention because of the intensity of the colour. The #2 was just an adjustment to the lens to contextualize the original and the other two pictures allowed me to memorialize what Mother Nature was really showing us. To me they let 'us' see the Dragon for all of its Power, and maybe the 'quip' that the Devil is In the Detail. When I posted the other pic in the series, we probably couldn't see the dragon... actually, some may not see it now.
The different viewpoints must cause a quandary for those elected to represent us in the legislature and parliament. It seems to me that to get elected the candidates must present them selves as all things to all people... and then have to choose between the details of the promises in order to move legislation forward. Perhaps that is the way it has been and maybe has to be.
On the other hand, when I listen to parents complain about the very poor quality of education available in the schools in Nova Scotia; family members complain about the lack of long term care beds in the province; almost everyone complain about the Young Offender's Act and practically everything else that comes up in conversation... I have to wonder if we are getting the options from the different parties in Nova Scotia... whether we are getting leadership, or lip service. It also makes me wonder if anyone cares one way or the other.
One of my friends and mentors who reads this blog (I think he likes the pictures) indicated to me this weekend, that perhaps I am wasting my time posting this blog. In reality, I am only communicating with a few hundred people, about half in Nova Scotia. There are another nine hundred thousand in the province that will not be a part of this discussion. Will it do any good to convince just a few that it is worth driving slower, or fewer miles; will it move people to lose weight or stop smoking if there are only a very few listening. I actually think my friend is correct, it will do little practical good. But at the same time, we can consider as individuals how we can improve our own lot in life, or our relatives' and friends' lots. We can do this through dialog, debate, and perhaps a vote here or there. We can also participate in the actual process, particularly those of us who have the time to do it.
This province has not moved forward in fifty years, compared to the rest of the world. That might be quaint for us today, but what about our children. Where will they go for their jobs? Who will be caring for the boomers when we are in need of a bed pan?
My friend agreed to let me quote from another part of his email to me about the current state of affairs in the province, based on a report recently published by the Greater Halifax Partnership... he wrote:
I would like to hear from you about what you really think about the potential to change things here in Nova Scotia. Should we just roll over and let the political leadership stay in power to collect their pensions and do nothing? Should I just fold up the tent and enjoy what time I have left, doing the things retirees do... what ever that is? Come on people, what do you think, and put it on the comment pages below.
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