Friday, June 30, 2006

Another blue revolution meeting in Vancouver

Inspired by the growing Blue Revolution movement in France to stand up for all that is good in our own Canadian nation, we met this night yet again in the Atrium of the Vancouver Public Library (the belly of the beast, sad to say) to talk present Canadian politics, ideas for the future, the crazy things Dag has eaten in his past travels throughout the world... and much more.
(thumbs up for the camel burger, thumbs down for… well I’m having a late supper so I’ll skip the other side of the scale for now)

Truepeers had much to say about yet another sad chapter of the seemingly endless World Peace Forum exercises in western humiliation and self-criticism. The various pamphlets distributed at the event spoke of the left’s ongoing thirst to derive morality from law, and not law from morality.
Leafing through the flyers, seeing testament after testament lamenting “illegal wars of occupation” makes one wonder what the left's thirst to legitimatize its victimary culture might think of the Righteous during the Second World War, breavely defying the Nazis "legal" determination to annihilate the Jews of Europe for the "crime" of being jewish. There was a case of simple citizens, farmers, shopkeepers, doctors, and others, defying the “law”, risking their personal lives as well as the lives of their own families, for the sake of friends, or often as not, total strangers. Law is not above morality, law springs from morality... unless you're set for a cruise aboard the Peace Boat.

Again we discussed the Canadian reluctance to make value judgments, to measure all ideas against each other in order to confirm which merit closer attention and which much be discarded as not fulfilling their stated objectives. (several passersby, mind you, did not seem reluctant to pass value judgments upon the uncommon honesty being exhibited at our little gathering, if their facial expressions are any indication of their inner thoughts)

As ever it is exhilirating and emboldening to meet in public and engage in sincere talk, in public. No sympathetic smiles or encouraging words from passersby this night, but we take it as an act of faith that our continuing presence, whether it is in person at the Library, or virtually in the blogosphere, will lead us closer to the answers we seek.
Success is not what will lead us to act, it is our acts which will lead us to success.
For that is the gift of faith.


nomdeblog said...

Agree, faith is the key to sucess.

The right enjoys action. But action can be messy. However, adults learn from their mistakes. They aren’t embarrassed by their mistakes, they simply mop up from their mistakes. Trial and error pushes the right forward until we eventually succeed.

The left is ironically ultra-conservative, afraid of change, embarrassed when they make a mistake. So they just sit and plan .. Centrally.

This is why the left is so astonished with Harper. Like Bush, he acts. Action can be scary. But adults have faith in their ability to fix any mistakes that they might make.

The left has no faith, no soul. That’s why capitalism doesn’t work for them. The left wants a central plan before acting, because they are terrified of making mistakes. Capitalism needs faith and self-confidence to work.

Happy Canada Day. As a baby boomer I feel most confident about Canada’s prospects after decades of Trudeaupia.

Charles Henry said...

nomdeblog, what a wonderful comment. Thank you. I agree with absolutely everything you say here.
So much of the current conflicts revolve around different beliefs about change. One side believes in it, the other does not. As you say, actions can lead to mistakes, and mistakes can lead to paralysis... unless one believes in a special kind of change: progress, atonement, redemption.

The long term view needs to be built on believing in the possibility of self-directed inner change for the better.

Canada has long struggled with this belief. Let's hope that Harper's election is a sign of further changes to come.
Happy Canada Day to you, and thanks again for such an eloquent comment.