Mediocrity and conformity will be the ruin of us all

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?

You say you want a Revolution


Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

from John Prince
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38 Responses to Mediocrity and conformity will be the ruin of us all

  1. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately in a democracy, the voters decide who gets in. If anybody decides to run for something, that is really all they can control.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So John you are telling us you will not run unless there is a slate of candidates to your liking?


  3. Anonymous says:

    What I hear John saying is that if it’s more of the Same Old Same Old, why bother. The die will be cast without new blood to go the needed different direction.

    By election time, we will see none of the promised businesses that were going to help justify the extensive changes that were made at GREAT EXPENSE. The type of change we were given, under the guise of implementing the Strategic Plan, was misplaced. Most of the “new” business activity is present businesses changing location. A diverse Group that can get things back on track is needed. Whether John runs and is voted in, is less important than getting things back on track as the above Post indicates. Time for a changing of the guard, since The Change that we had this last election, didn’t work.

  4. Lee says:

    He probably means some people with brains and common sense who will make the welfare of the community a priority.

  5. John Prince says:

    Anon @1:42
    “Whether John runs and is voted in, is less important than getting things back on track…”

    Precisely. Thank you!

  6. Anonymous says:

    YOU don’t have to have brain to be a MARE just common sense,
    YOU let the majority tell you what they want the one that pay the bills.You hire the best adminitrator or manager you can find and let him do is job accordig to rules and regulatins.You should be able to tell by now school teachers doctors are may be good at their job but forget about running anything even if the toilet paper was free.
    Whether John run.
    WE don t see any one sticking their noses out that state at the moment the PRINCE is the best man for the job.
    GUT, COMMON SENCE, AND KNOWLEDGE.This guy with some councillors with the same QUALITIES we WILL get back on good tracks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Just finished reading the paper. Seems like there is some difference of opinions on whether or not our current Mayor and Council are acting in the best interest of the MAJORITY of our residents. Perhaps we should have a community tug-of-war and solve the question once and for all. We could make it a masquerade event, so people could be anonymous if they like. Would be fun, and at least put to rest any more debate or questions on that matter.

  8. Doomsayer says:

    John, in reading your post & in particular, the part about the seniors struck a chord & I remembered some information I researched & posted last Oct. I thought I would drag it out again in support of what you said.

    “When we look at statistics, the Pass population went from 6262 people in 2001 to 5565 people in 2011, a drop of 11.2%. If we extrapolate this for 20 years (my prediction of 17 – 20 years), based on a continued drop of 11.25 (Yes, it is a very rough estimate) population will be approx. 4400 people. Now if we look at Stats Can; it shows that there are 2115 people between the ages of 45 – 65 as of 2011. In 20 years that means at least 1/2 of the projected population of 4400 will be seniors & beyond with a fixed income. Allowing for children, that leaves possibly 1000 people to pay the taxes to run this community. Unless a concerted effort is made to reverse the present trend, my prediction of over-powering debt will come true.”

    This community simply can’t afford to continue to lose it’s younger population. Emperor Decoux & cronies have created a scenario of ever escalating taxes to pay for all the Strategic Plan implementations they have gotten us into. Who in their right mind wants to make this their home when all you get is a crumbling infrastructure, no amenities & high taxes with only the prospect of the same for the foreseeable future?

    The extent of the mess we have currently is something I did not anticipate or foresee when I originally posted this back last fall;
    “The mayor, council & administration will continue to “modernize for the future”, spending money we don’t have, putting the community deeper in debt,(can we say “bankruptcy”?). This debt will be pushed onto the shoulders of residents & businesses, causing even more to leave.
    I foresee that within 15 – 17 years, the Pass will be a ghostly image as people drive through saying “you know, there used to be community here, wonder what happened?”.”

    The reality is, the mess is even worse. John has a very good point, we really need a new council to thoroughly redo things here. What we need is several people with big axes willing to clean the deadfall, that top-heavy management sucking the life out of us. Minimize the whole municipal office, streamline all management to absolute minimum & re-energize the community spirit.

    Change has been forced on us, now lets change it to what the people want. If we get together, maybe, just maybe we won’t be a faded memory in a few years!

    “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
    ― Winston Churchill

  9. Anonymous says:

    11 07
    You did a good job keep it up!!!!!
    We need more voters to come out and say what they belive.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Seeing that you can barely predict what will happen the next day in this world, 15 to 17 year prediction is quite funny. Things change so much week to week, month to month nowadays. You cannot make predictions on anything any more than you can the price of oil, or the interest rate, or nada nada nada.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Anon 9:15AM – true, but it really will not take 15-17 years to implode locally. We will have a class structure makeup – the weekenders in the large houses; the weekenders in the smaller houses; the out of town workers including Teck; the local businesses; their employees; the retirees; those on assistance and the government workers. That’s a given. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see who will bear the burden of the municipal taxes and who can afford to pay them.

    You are diverting from Doomsayer primary message – we have to downsize the Municipal structure NOW or risk becoming another Dogpatch, with pot holed roads, crumbling infrastructure and excessive taxes. The Budget will go primarily towards supporting the Municipal Office staff salaries and benefits, with little left for Operations staff and services. We know what staff will be protected, and most services will be contracted out.

    The Group in charge will protect themselves and the Cushy Empire they have built over the past few years. That won’t take much time, and is easily predictable. The hope is that they turn on each other and their vested interests, and self destruct.

  12. Lee says:

    We need some people who will and can stabelize this sinking ship,before we drown in debt.We need a captain who is willing to reverse direction and save the ship with a few decent deck hands.The only one that has come forward to offer his help is John Prince, He has shown that he has the courage to fight for what is right and he cares about this community and it’s people, He keeps trying to wake you up, to save you from a total disaster. I hope enough of the sleepers will wake up and realize, that it is now or never.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Please wake up. Downsizing the Municipal structure will never, never happen no matter what. Have you ever seen that before? No. Things don’t usually decrease ever, they increase unfortunately. We are still a lot better than a lot of places though. Calgary tax has gone up 10 percent. We are no where near that.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Anon 12:42 PM. That is is precisely the problem re downsizing. This Mayor has totally exceeded the structure needed for a community of this size. He thinks he is still running a school district, and we know how well the teachers and students are doing as a result, don’t we.

    Comparing us to Calgary, with its bombing economy and deep pockets, is ridiculous. Live within ones means; do you go out and buy things that you “want and can’t pay for”, think you need and try to be an elitist on a limited budget. I doubt it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    It is not ridiculous. They have the same problems as us, just on a bigger scale. Do you for a moment think that everyone is deep pockets and BOOMING in Calgary. Sorry, not true.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Same problems as Calgary? Their infrastructure especially roads are hardly keeping up. Their schools are overloaded. Their taxes are high. But the economy there is moving, unlike here. and not regressing. You are correct- many many people there are just getting by because of high living costs. That we do have in common with Calgary. Boom, buddaboom, buddaboom! Shall I fall on my sword?

  17. Anonymous says:


    I’m awake, and I love your post. I agree with you that John has the courage to fight for us.

    Thanks for your post

  18. Chloe says:

    John, we hear you loud and clear. Please give one example of what you would ‘do’ to foster positive change in the Pass given the carnage left by the present council. Take care.

  19. Anonymous says:

    My feeling is that I believe that this council has tried on the economic scene. Whether they fail or succeed, at least they tried. Unlike previous councils who vetoed:

    1. Walmart
    2. Canadian Tire.
    What were you thinking. They are the ones that should be ashamed, and I am guessing lots of people here went along with the idea. You reap what you sow.

  20. John Prince says:

    Chloe, I’m already doing it. Trying to build a team of like-minded individuals made up of ordinary people who have both passion and commitment to bring common sense democracy (open, transparent and accountable government) to our community, by standing up to the powers that be in demanding better for ALL residents living here, whether that be better services, lower taxes, job creation, and the amenities needed and necessary for a better quality and enjoyment of life.


  21. Anonymous says:


    So, you seem to think that Walmart and Canadian Tire would have been the saviours of this community? Whoa. That’s kool-aid if I ever saw, or heard it. Who are you? Any relation to Jim Jones?

  22. Anonymous says:

    This municipality could not have supported these 2 giants, and furthermore they would have put every little business out of business. That is not progress.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Are you crazy. Look at Pincher Creek with the Walmart. People come from Sparwood and far beyond to go there. Of course it would have been a wonderful “fix.”

  24. Anonymous says:

    You can get a wonderful “fix” from a lot of things. But in the long run it is better to remain “drug-free!”

  25. Anonymous says:

    Oh my good Lord, Save me.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I was in a small local business yesterday, getting my small local “fix” (yum) and one of the customers that came in, was on her way to Calgary, and said she always stops in to this place to get her “fix.” Imagine that! And no big name, or big parking lot!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I forgot to add, that the customer that I referred to in my 12:47 comment came “all the way from Fernie!”

  28. Anonymous says:


    I don’t think that you need the good Lord to save you. If you really want Walmart and Cdn. Tire, there are lots of places that have them, that you could move to. I like it here, with all our small, local, GREAT, businesses that make it WONDERFUL!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Then, quit complaining about not having more businesses. Economics 101, You Cannot Have it Both Ways.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Lets put the wallmart and Canadian tire BS to rest they may have sniffed around here when they were looking for a place to setup but they NEVER reveal. The the big names like walmart never divulge their plans for fear of land speculation. There was a poorly placed coment by the last moyor that mentioned wallmart compared to bridgecreek but that is all, a little sour grapes is all.

  31. Anonymous says:


    If you think that having a big box store of any shape or name, would create MORE business in this community, then I think that you are mistaken. That’s my opinion. I have a different vision, I guess.

  32. Anonymous says:

    But, would create a lot of jobs, don’t forget.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Create jobs? Maybe, but, if a big box store opens, and shuts down all our great little shops, isn’t that just shuffling jobs around, and then, you have the choice of working for ONE BIG employer. To me, that means LESS choice, not more, and where do the profits go?? Not locally, you can bet on that. Big, Fat, Corporate salaries, for someone somewhere, but not here! I’ve seen it happen, it’s not pretty. Watch what you wish for!

  34. Anonymous says:

    I see quite a few help wanted signs in places around the community. Would Walmart or Cdn. Tire jobs be more desirable? I don’t think so. I haven’t worked in either place, so I’m really not speaking from experience. Anyone out there who can? Let’s hear it people….who’s dying to have Walmart or Cdn. Tire or some other big box store come in to town, so that you can get a job there??? Is that what you’re waiting for 3:53? Let’s let the people decide this one.

  35. Doomsayer says:

    Taken from Dean’s Blog, great post Thanks Dean!

    “Alberta Government takes charge
    Maybe one level of government is starting to listen to the taxpayers.

    The Alberta Government today fired the entire Alberta Health Services Board

    Entire Alberta Health Services board fired over issue of executive bonuses”

    Now if the Alberta Health Services Board can be fired, who says we can’t do the the same in our municipal office??

    I’ve said it before & will say it again: Time to clean out the dead-fall! Every gardener knows, you have to do a very deliberate & proper pruning every so often to stimulate new growth.

  36. Anonymous says:

    “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth”

    John, most of us went through a school system that encouraged conformity, and squashed individual growth. There is a GROWING movement out there to change that. But, it might take a few more generations. In the meantime, we must all work very hard to throw off our yokes, and open our ears and eyes. Thanks for giving us a prod. We need it.

  37. Anonymous says:

    It is a moot point anyway. They did not come here. My goodness, a choice. Are you joking. I think most people wouldn’t consider that bad.

  38. Anonymous says:

    12 39
    IF everyone would do their job as they should and get fire if they don’t that solve all the problems.
    No pay,no power,no bullsh.t.

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