Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

Letting Go

Posted on | June 20, 2010 | No Comments

Every grief, every break up it seems summons forth a sensitive emotional process, within which various emotions follow one another. Shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are generally seen as the successive states in this process, even if they actually often return in a circular fashion. Surprisingly (or not), these reactions are not only common in individuals but also in larger groups.

We witnessed the proof today when a handful of nostalgic protesters marched in support of Quebec’s independence. 20 years after the failed Meech Lake agreement, 15 years after the last referendum, a few protesters seem to have returned to the state of denial. They do inspire a certain pity as they try in vain to recreate the atmosphere of bygone years.

Others of course prefer to negotiate. Maybe this explains why Gilles Duceppe is touring the rest of Canada promoting Quebec’s sovereignty? Anger motivates the odd leftovers from the FLQ era and others such wannabes, as well as their self-appointed successors at the St-Jean Baptiste Society. Depression? It is to be found in all those who believe that their failed life can be blamed on their failed “dream”.

Acceptance? This is for everyone else who has figured out that living culture, language and identities must be elevated on a daily basis, throughout our collective consciousness, and not only by being channelled in a single, far-flung goal. For everyone who uses their imagination, creativity and energy to erect lasting monuments, tangible assets that are the benchmarks of society. Who weave closer ties and build bridges across communities.

A protest march will last but an instant, but a bridge will sometimes endure for centuries.


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