A cow-orker of mine just shared an interesting philosophy with me. He is Persian by birth and has struggled (politically) against the Iranian regime most of his life. He’s served time for being a political activist against the current/recent Iranian administrations. He’s a Canadian citizen (was a landed immigrant) and has recently received his green card as a permanent US resident. When I congratulated him on the news and asked when he’d be a US citizen, he expressed his reluctance to become an American because he would then, in his words, have to, “Accept responsibility for Vietnam, Panama, Iraq and a long list of recent related American Imperialist traditions.” :eek:
I probed a little more about his political bent but decided not to pursue it too far in an office setting. I realized our politics diverged quite distictly as he is still a self described political activist on a list with the RCMP and FBI for Iran related political issues, while I’m completely apathetic about most causes that would require me to leave the comfort of my life and carry a cardboard sign.
So I got to thinking… perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps I’m just terminally cynical or lacking in deep moral convictions. But this is just some of the stuff I believe and actively practice to a greater or lesser degree:
- Imperialism is bad but I’d rather it was American Imperialism than the available alternatives (and I’m Canadian).
- Animals are cute and cuddly and some are delicious when grilled.
- Politics are to be avoided.
- Party line politics are to be avoided at all costs.
- Speed limit laws are more like guidelines.
- Money can’t buy happiness only when you can’t afford the market price.
- Love comes at a price. Never miss more than three payments.
- Work smarter, not harder.
- If it’s not important to make a decision, it’s important not to make a decision.
- Activism (political, et al) is really annoying to the rest of us who don’t really care about your cause.
- Private schools are bad because they run them like a business.
- Public schools are bad because they run them like a flop house.
- I’m responsible for the moral and ethical education of my children (I know… irony). I expect schools to just teach them the arts and sciences. And please stick to the facts.
- Religion… don’t get me started.
- Girl/Boy Scouts… see religion.
In short, as evidence would suggest, I’m a lazy bastard with almost zero interest in activism and making this world a better place for anyone except my immediate loved ones. Furthermore, the way to make this world a better place for them is to teach them how to best cope/work/use the established order. Let the activists march to change the world. I’d rather drive to the gym and then browse my favourite bookstore with my $3.50 coffee in hand.