Back from a hiatus…

Written by Brian Revel on February 12th, 2009

Please forgive my modesty. And my absence. To all those adoring fans who follow this blog, I apologize- to both of you- for not writing this past couple of months. I don’t know why I stopped: perhaps it was my own cynicism getting to me or perhaps I was overwhelmed by the flurry of activity in my personal life this past while- jetting off to Monaco to gamble away my big GST tax savings courtesy of Canada’s “New” Government.

Some might say that blogging is an addiction. And concerning oneself with politics is an Earthly affectation that amounts to little; spiritually guided by fear and scarcity. So perhaps I actually got “on the wagon” so to speak and was recovering from the illness of blogging about politics. And with this entry it is possible that I have fallen off the wagon. But somehow that doesn’t seem right either.

Spiritually we may all be the same; that we are all interconnected and we are all love and stuff like that which I could go on endlessly about too (that will have to be saved for another blog) but alas we are also human. And the human condition, imperfect as it is, is always striving to improve. We may never reproduce Heaven on Earth but we try nonetheless. But despite ourselves, we are also economic, “rational, profit-maximizing and loss-minimizing individuals” and the two collide like the Titanic and the iceberg.

So here’s the truth: I just got lazy. Human nature, you know. But I’m back. I most certainly couldn’t afford to head to Monaco on my GST Savings. Much has happened in our governments since my last entry and although there are a few things that will be covered in upcoming entries, we’ll just pick up and carry on as though there never was a hiatus.

Here is a selection of the items that really do need a comment. Since December, Vancouver had its worst bout with snow in living memory and its ability to respond was appalling to say the least. The new President of the United States was sworn in. Our national parliament is back and is as ineffective as ever. And the provincial election campaign has already started with attack ads already discrediting and dishonouring our right to a cleanly waged election campaign.

And then there are the manipulations of egomaniacs trying to convince the rest of us supposedly unwashed herd of sheep that their vision is the correct one. The little training in communications, politics and campaigns that I have I hope serve the greater good in the Human Condition to ensure that the common Good is always served.

Plus, there are a couple of new features I hope to include on the website- if I can figure out how to create a second blog for the same site. Interviews and issue-specific discussions. I hope to include interviews with some of the newsmakers and perhaps even some of the news reporters being a critic not only in the political sphere but also a critic in the media sphere.

Additionally, there are some changes in policy that I think would be a good idea. Most notably, we must look at reforming our “health care system” to include measures that enhance our health, not just treat us when we are sick. One that will be specifically discussed is Structural Integration or Rolfing- a type of massage therapy that deals with the fascia in our bodies.

So there you have it. A rededication of sorts.  There will be other rededications later. I know myself enough to say that. But as I promised when I started the blog, watch for cutting-edge commentary on the issues that affect us all in Metro Vancouver.

Compared to the rest of the world, we may be an tiny community perched on a beach at the foot of mountains, distant from Ottawa (literally and figuratively), with a value system that goes against the grain a bit but whether we like it or not in many ways we are at the cutting edge of what a modern, pluralistic, tolerant society is going to look like in the twenty-first century. We really do matter and others really should care what we think, feel and believe.

And so this blog aims, as always, gentle reader, to shed light- or at least a viewpoint- on the issues that are important to us all, here in Vancouver.


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