Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy – Part 19
Think – Before You Move Into a New
Not long ago a popular mantra was to think out of the box., which of course means to think something new or different than the conventional thinking. Man may be the smartest critter on the planet, but sometimes we are not all that intelligent. I heard again the other day, the NDP should pick a younger leader to bring fresh new ideas into the party. In the rush or desperation to interject new idea many get stuck in pigeon-hole thinking; young doesn’t necessarily mean new. It would seem obvious that with the billions of babies born every year billions should already be changing the everyday world as we speak. But it is not young people that are changing the world, rather the tools we use are changing us the way we do things and therefore what we think. As far as politics goes, it is not age that will determine change as much as it is the ability for someone to think differently than the herd.. And the plain fact is almost everyone is imprinted by the system they live in, and they feel pretty content to live within the box.
Cbc Host, Nora Young, (Jan 29 2012 on the radio show Spark) spoke to Mark Surman, who said that Hippies invented the computer and Punk Rockers made networking popular. If you do the math, I guess you can gather that it is rebels that shake up the world. so if you want to shake up the political world you need to be looking for someone that doesn’t like the system. Rather than looking for a newer model of human, perhaps we should be looking for just anyone that thinks differently. Now I’m not talking about criminals, or Steven Harper (lol). In the case of Steven Harper he may have lead the National Citizens’ Coalition for 4 years ( a conservative think tank), and then the Reform Party, but he was not only happy to work within the system, but I believe he derives a lot of satisfaction in warping the present broken system to serve Steven Harper and his vision for Canada.. That spells more of the same with a bend.
As another evidence of age not being the qualifier for all that is new and good is the fact that is was largely the best and brightest young tech wizards that plunked us into the recession we are still feeling.
Maybe there is a 80 year old man or woman out there that would tear the system up and start things all over. The first point is, I write a 80 year old because anyone in their senior years will have tons of experience under the belt, to remember how it was and know how it could be and the past can be the guide to take us forward into a better direction into the future. A second point would be that this person CAN NOT be part of the system and I don’t believe the job can be done in the political arena, rather, it must be done as a popular movement. It will be by the transformation of individuals that will transform the whole. Ye shall know the truth shall set you free. This idea of change coming about as a popular movement comes from my beliefs springing from the Social Credit philosophy. See Social Credit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Credit
The fact that so many spoke of thinking out of the box indicates that there is a recognition that we have a problem that cannot be solved by conventional means, but the fact that a wrong conclusion was so widely fostered indicates that those adherents to the error simply didn’t think the problem through or that they merely like the ride of a parade. No matter, it is troubling.
If readers would like to be one that truly thinks out of the box, the route is to stop listening to sources in the box, and forsake looking for the security that comes with friends that speak with your opinions. I have always thought that those that hold diametrically different opinions than my own sharpen my mind and help me see life in different set of eyes. Debates with those of a counter view are always more stimulating and fun; as long as you stop before you come to blows
I have two suggestions as to how to change our political landscape and that is by the Populus seeking change to a Direct Representative System of Government, with Recall, Referendum and Initiatives. To read how Direct Representative Government would bring about a maturing of the Canadian Populus see my blog Parent and Child.
My second suggestion as an overhaul of our present broken economic system I would suggest that Canada begin moving toward a Social Credit-like economic system.