Tuesday, October 07, 2008

People First

(Abstract: I realize it is not specific values, be they liberal or be they conservative, that are the most important; but it’s the humanity of having values that is important, it is the people that are the most important.)

Recently I've realized what is important, what is fundamentally important to Canadian politics.

I saw that though we are all different, though we are all unique, we are all shaped by experiences and our actions. Yes those things can be different, but we are all shaped by them to form values, interests, loves, and happiness. Our content may differ but our processes are the same. And those processes are how we interact with the world. It's those processes, those systems of interpretations of how we see and feel things that makes us human, definitively human.

It is not that we all love and hate the same things that make us people, we are people because, simply, we all love and hate. The objects of what we all love or hate differs, but the fact we all love and hate is constant.

It is not because we all have the same values that we are all united as a people; it is the fact that we do value, independent of content, that makes us so. What makes us similar, what binds us, is that though we may value things differently, we all value. And by this I realize it is not specific values, be they liberal or conservative, that are the most important; but it’s the humanity of having values that is important, it is the people that are the most important.

So while values may differ between people, the common fact that we all value, that we are all people, made me recognize that people must come first. Though different values are important in determining the path we as a country are to take, they only derive their importance from their subordination to providing what’s best for the people.

Liberal values or Conservative values are only good values if they will provide what’s best for Canadians. It is because party policy is so indirectly linked to what is important, that policy is beginning to be emphasized at the expense of what’s more important, Canadians.

All our parties, some to a lesser and some to a greater degree, instead of focusing more on what makes them similar, which is doing what is right for Canadians, they focus more on their differences. It is not to say their differences aren’t important, but those differences must be realized on the foundation that they share a common goal, a common goal of doing what is best for Canada. And I believe politicians and their parties are forgetting that.

When parties put Canadians first, their differences will still remain, but they will be less extreme, and what we will have left is a Canada in which all our politicians and parties put Canadians first.

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