Sunday 15 July 2012

Civic Correction

Within every community,
there are individuals who take it upon themselves to foster positive change.
Not content to sit by and watch, those who participate often do so against resistant attitudes and hostile bureaucracy.
Walking into a losing battle is not an easy step.
But, without passionate hearts taking action, change would take place in favour of the greedy and powerful;
driven by lust instead of altruism.

There have been many movements in support of major changes to civic design.
Throughout the better part of four decades, compassionate voices have been calling for organizational amendments to better suit the majority of the population.
That majority includes future generations who will be compelled to suffer our failures.
As the end nears for timely reform, it has become abundantly clear that past strategies for invoking real change have failed to catalyze a revolution.
Enacting legislation to protect the oppressed is a noble goal.
But, legislation can be repealed, or have the impotency of a toothless tiger.
Within a democratic society, it is the thoughts and actions of it's citizens that determine the priorities of the administration.
However, "Top down" politics have proven that citizens are vulnerable to manipulation by authority.
Instead of constituents dictating the nature of legislation, the bodies of government develop policy and law and offer it up as representation; to be given proxy of approval every four years.
Revolution is a correction.
As government withdraws from the democratic process, the votes of individuals are supplanted by pressure from lobbyists, and corruption.
Revolution is necessary to shift control away from self-serving, minority interests.
History is clear on that subject.

For those caring and motivated individuals working to improve civic responsibility,
working within the system has consistently consumed their good souls.
Decade after decade, proponents of change have been beleaguered by the overwhelming will of power and greed; a classic battle.
It is clear that corruption is well entrenched.
Not because our society is inherently flawed, but because the efforts to impose conformity have succeeded.
Unwilling to step beyond the safety of the average lifestyle,
Canadians are particularily vulnerable to manipulation; especially when the belief was that smaller government would return authority to the people.

And so, how do we cultivate positive, altruistic change?
Through protest?
Through private member's bills?
Through lobbying our representatives?
Through awareness campaigns?
By voting?

History is clear on this subject too.
We need only look to the past to see the most effective solution.

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