Mediocrity and conformity
The revolutionary is a doomed man. He has no personal interests, no business affairs, no emotions, no attachments, no property, and no name. Everything in him is wholly absorbed in the single thought and the single passion for revolution.
Before some of you start peeing your pants thinking here’s Prince going off the deep end again, hear me out. :-)
The title of this post says it all about the type of leadership this community has been saddled with these past so many decades. Professional, establishment types, for the most part who wouldn’t rock the boat even if they wanted to because they know not how to as it isn’t in their genes i.e. in their background, upbringing, education, career, social life, etc. The world is crying out for social change from the status quo and we here in the Pass and in Canada for that matter put blinders on our eyes and believe that world out there is not our world, that somehow we are immune from the trials and tribulations of our brothers and sisters, and therefore we encourage more of the same old same old while continually whining about our sorry lot as if it is our favourite pastime that we crave and cannot live without.
For real change to come to the Pass and to our world people have to change, themselves. Like Einstein said: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So if we want different results we need to put in a different class of people. Unless in our heart of hearts we really do want more of the same, because it gives us a sense of continuity, security, familiarity. Seniors (with special emphasis on the establishment ones) in particular thrive for this here, which is not surprising in that we do have the largest senior’s population (based on population) than anywhere else in Alberta. Maybe it gives these people who are so instrumental in saddling our community with these mediocre, establishment, conformist types, peace of mind, knowing as they go to their graves so will our community. Considering that Statistics Canada for nearly two decades now has the Pass on its list as one of the top twenty communities in all of Canada with declining populations. With each passing election the question of maintaining life support becomes more critical.
What I’m getting at here is what this community desperately needs right now is more radicals willing to shake things up both here and in Edmonton. Nonconformity and meritocracy instead of conformity and mediocrity. After all, it has been said: “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to Justice, Peace and Brotherhood.”
With the above in mind, I’d like to see and want to encourage a mayor and council made up of such people be elected in our next municipal election. For this to happen like-minded people will have to step forward (the earlier the better) made up of people from all walks of life, including our younger generation, to take on the challenge of breaking with the mold, to chart a new course and future for our people and community. For this to happen the old guard will have to make way for the new, realizing that for real progressive change to happen here in order to save the patient (our community) a life-changing blood transfusion must take place, and therefore it is they most of all that have to change in both their attitude and thinking, if we are to succeed.
Before I throw my hat in the ring I want to see others of my ilk doing likewise, otherwise what’s the use. I for one have no interest sitting on a council of deadbeats, has-beens, and seat-warmers wanting simply status quo. I simply won’t run. My detractors will be pleased, my supporters will not, but in any event if what people here still want is more mediocrity and conformity instead of in your face social change and activism, then go at it by putting on council more of what you have already been doing, for oh so long. But keep this in mind: “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.” and “Whoso would be a (wo)man must be a nonconformist.”
The latter is what this community needs more of and what I am advocating for here. The question is, do we still have any people left, such as these, and most importantly will they step forward?
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.