I know there are some who wonder why I follow the news. And I understand why, it’s because they believe ignorant is bliss. My country has gone through a flurry of heartache this year of the snake(bite)…from the floods in Alberta, to the gas explosion in Quebec, to the flooding in Toronto, to the scandals in government, to the retention of the old powerhorse in my province (noooooooo!). All compounded by what is happening all the around the world…
But there is always humanity, hope, and love to counterbalance. Maybe not all the way, it’s still something. I saw immense kindness and community and all that is good pouring out to all of those affected by such tragedies.
MY OWN CITY
I also know for sure that it is not my place to be self-satisfied about the relative “routine-ness” of my own city. Before a catastrophe impales my city, I would hope that we band together and build community and be less cold and less frigid and less grey and less self-righteous and less cliquey…so that we can fight for what is good and honest and true.
The catastrophe? My city is in the earthquake zone, yet, as one expat Californian said to me, BC is the least prepared for it, which sadly, and admittedly, is part of our laid-back, non-imperative attitude (Lotus land, and “lalalalalalala-land”). *shameface*
SO THE NEWS IS IT FOR ME
So I watch the news. I read about the news. I listen to the news. I know it’s bias. I get that. I prefer The Guardian, CBC Radio 1, and Al Jazeera. I also peruse Huffpost and Reddit too.
And, yes, the doyen, NY Times. The Saturday edition is so lovely. I secretly enjoy reading David Brooks op-ed pieces even though I am a Canadian from the Westcoast, which means, yes, I am a liberal. I am a social democrat. I believe in the welfare state. But…I am also fiscally conservative. So when I say I secretly enjoy reading Brooks, like he’s the coolest right-leaning conservative ever (why can’t Harper learn from him?). For me, he’s an awesome read because I feel it’s not a “side” but it’s a viewpoint that doesn’t really take right/left sides and makes sense all the reason for it. I feels like he’s speaking for the regular people, not the bureaucracy, but then again, I’m not a scholar. *shrug*
So, yes, my country is going through heartache right now…and it must rebuild out of the ashes. And I only hope the communities will “trim the experts and listen to the locals” as Brooks suggested in his op-ed piece (of the same name). I loved reading it. His argument is just so gooey and juicy. Seriously, Google it.
To my country….have faith, from my heart to your heart.