It seems all too common: a peaceful gathering of nice people, disrupted by the mention of politics.
Politics seem to be amongst the most taboo of subjects to converse about. Silly, though, when it’s thought of; politics are how our society, and thus, world, is ran. . . They are very important. Shouldn’t we be more open to talk about them? Understandably, sharing beliefs can be difficult, especially since so many people are ready to jump on and attack every little thing that is said. Below, I will list two different ways of viewing politics that may make the discussions a bit softer and easier to be had.
- We are much more moderate than we think we are. Meaning, we tend to think that everyone lies on opposite ends of a spectrum; someone is either way far to the left, or way far to the right. We tend to look at everything as absolute, as completely black and white. What is to be mentioned here is that this isn’t always the case; just because someone is a republican, and someone is a democrat, it does not mean that they must automatically disagree about everything. The republican doesn’t believe the exact opposite as the democrat, as the democrat doesn’t believe the exact opposite of the republican. If there were a venn-diagram for political beliefs, most of us would be surprised to see that most people fall very close to the middle, while only have a few views and opposing opinions. We are all more alike than we are willing to give attention to.
- We are all doing what we believe to be is the best. Everyone wants to help save the world; no one has malicious intent. When talking politically, it is important to understand that the person/s you are talking to are also doing their best to make the world a better place. However, since we all grow up in different worlds and are raised in different environments with different circumstances, our world views may differ. It is important to note that although someone has differing views than you, it does not mean that they are evil or trying to cause any harm; usually, the exact opposite is true, and they are working towards the same goal as you, to make the world a better place. Since we all wish for the world to be a more beautiful place, it is in our best interest to properly communicate with each other, tactfully and without judgement, and figure out to our best ability how to work together in doing so.
Overcoming political divides may just be a grand step in the world-saving process.
Many people are so reliant on driving their cars that they don’t stop to consider their environment or costs of transportation. There are many great benefits to riding your bicycle to work each day.
You’ll be saving money on your commute. Not only on the gas that your car requires but also on the insurance, parking costs, routine maintenance and pollution. Imagine all the money you can save by simply riding your bicycle and avoiding paying higher fees for your insurance alone. The savings could buy you that bicycle and you’ll be getting in your daily workout at the same time.
“Speaking of a daily workout,” Nelson from the MaleMatter.com Burn the Fat review post writes “how much are you paying for that gym membership? If you ride your bicycle to work and home on a daily basis you can nix that gym membership and save a lot of money each month. You won’t need that expensive membership anymore as you’ll be getting your workout done every day that you work. You’ll stay in shape, it’s free of charge and you will always look and feel great.”
Saving on pollution is something that a lot of people are concerned about these days. You can live greener and help to save the environment by simply riding your bicycle to work. Next time someone asks what you’re doing to save the environment you can chime in that your bicycling to work and you’ll know you’re doing your part. No one can every tell you that you’re not helping reduce pollution.
Once you’ve invested in your bicycle, you are getting your daily commute in for virtually free of charge. You don’t have to pay for an expensive bus pass, you don’t have to pay for expensive car repairs or the gas for your car. You won’t have to worry about any of the expenses that normally come with a car in a commute. Better yet, you will be able to zip through shorter routes and get to work much more easily and safely than you can with a car. You’ll not only reduce traffic, you’ll find some great shortcuts that only a bicycle could take.
Many companies offer special incentives to employees that are doing something unique like bicycling to work. They offer steep discounts, free areas to secure your bicycle, lower health insurance and so on. Check with your human resources division and see what your company is offering for such incentives, you may be surprised.
Bicycling to work isn’t a new phenomenon, in fact, in recent years it has become more and more popular. As people become more concerned about the impact of driving they are turning to alternative methods of getting around.
Many decades ago it wasn’t at all unusual to see people out riding bicycles to and from work. People lived simpler lives back then. As more people are trying to simplify their lives more are turning to such methods to help keep things easier. Bicycles are one of these methods and they work very well to help keep things simpler.
Politicians are the first to freak out when the price per barrel of oil drops. In fact, they almost always claim to be in an emergency situation as soon as gas at the pumps finally becomes affordable.
Just recently in Alberta, the provincial government claimed they had gone backwards 7 trillion dollars when the economy slowed down for 3 months. How is that possible? How can the province be so bad at managing their resources? Didn’t the mother of the politicians at fault not teach them that you save in times of plenty so you have abundance when the economy takes a turn for the worst?
Photo Credit to Susan B.
Apparently not. As they just now started adding ridiculous taxes on silly things that were already over taxed!
That is all fair and well, but what if oil and gas never rebounds? What if – instead of things taking a turn for the better – they keep getting worse? What if the rest of Canada were to get a cheaper supply of oil and gas from else-where in the world? What then? How will the province deal with that?
Will they forever fall into more debt? If not, what is their strategy for building an economy that is not 100% reliant on the oil and gas industry?
Here at MoD Form, these are serious questions. Sure these natural resources are great and sure the province and country have benefited greatly as a result of them, but the time has come where we need to start asking more serious questions about the long-term strategy to rebuilding this nation’s economy that does NOT involve the continues mining of our natural resources.
What are we – as a nation – after oil and gas are gone?
One of the big advantages to living in Canada is the sheer amount of opportunities we get to develop the lifestyle that we want. It almost does not matter what our heart desires – we have the option of attaining it IF we really want it.
For example: If you want to be a lawyer, it almost does not matter how old you are, you have the opportunity to go back to school to become one. If you always wanted to run your own coffee shop, you can do it – everyone will support you. If you want to become an internet marketer and make your money through the internet while working from home, you totally have the opportunity to do that as well.
Heck, even if you wanted multiple careers, you can make it happen in Canada. More so than in any other country around the world.
The possibilities are endless!
But there is a catch: before you can ever reach a goal, you have to first have a goal!
Question: What is your goal? Be specific. Its gotta be more than a million dollars. It’s got to mean a lifestyle or something more significant than money.
Even if it is money, what do you need it for? Why a million? What is your sincere connection with the goal?
Here at MoDFORM.org we believe there is a lot more to reaching life goals than money. Reaching a goal – almost no matter how large – can be done if you live in Canada. The only real question that remains is: How bad do you really want it?
If you want it bad enough, go out there and get it. It is within your reach. If not yet, find out exactly what you have to do to get it within your reach. Once you got that figured out, go out, give it your all and get it. You have greatness within you. Now go out and – for Canada’s sake – get what is rightfully yours (so we can tax you on it, hehe).