IMAGINE A COUNTRY WITHOUT WALL STREET AND THE PENTAGON
By Marc Batko
Imagine a country without Wall Street and the Pentagon,
where people are filled with thankfulness and the Canadian spirit,
where the government can do wonders in health care and transportation,
where people are protected from cradle to grave as a fruit of being human.
Imagine an economy of the third way,
where community centers offer three hours of free Internet everyday and casserole dinners are only $4,
where the self-healing market that can do everything doesn't mire people in illusion and narcissism,
where people are more than cogs in a celebrity and feudal-corporate culture,
where political leaders offer more than incoherence and chronic lies,
where the future can be open and dynamic, not closed and static,
where all life isn't determined by the financial markets and the gains of productivity only flow to the top 1% or the top 10%
Diversity is a strength, not a threat. Faith is more interruption than custom. Life is more than longevity and suffering is not sin. "When the state trusts citizens, citizens trust the state" (Justin Trudeau).
Imagine countries learning and cooperating with other countries,
where solidarity eclipses survivalism,
where interdependence is lived and celebrated,
where one world includes many worlds and everyone has a place,
where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,
where the present is more than the present since it includes hope, promise and anticipation.
The 26 community centers in Vancouver B.C. have multiplying and cushioning effects and serve as surrogate counseling and classroom opportunities. The mosaic of interdependence can lead to enlightenment and new interdependent consciousness.
The Sky Train, the Canada line, and the Evergreen line in Vancouver BC are computer-operated light rail lines that connect the whole city, magic trains running without any human operator every four minutes some since 1986.
When will the US recognize and congratulate Canada and Vancity and break out of its insular, exceptional hubris?