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I’m Tired Of It

I don’t feel like writing today. I am, quite frankly,  too tired to think, let alone to write.

It isn’t that I’m tired of writing itself; I write every day. If  it isn’t on my blog, it’s more work on the Great Canadian Novel but I always write every day. So writing isn’t the problem, it’s everything else.

I’m just tired of it all.

I’m tired of watching the world go round and round in circles and getting nowhere. I’m tired of listening to every self-professed victim with an axe to grind, blaming me and others like me for their sorry lot in life. They profess their misery while voicing their angst on their smart phones and laptops. I’m tired of the fact that they whine about not having enough money for tuition, birth control or other benefits but they always have enough money to spend on Black Friday and for iPads, iPhones and all the other attendant service costs that go with them.

I’m tired of the politically correct and their simple-minded view of what constitutes tolerance as they rush to protect children from words like dinosaur and Halloween and who bring a new level of paternalism to issues faced by minorities.

I’m tired of the petty debate over calling Christmas – Christmas.

I’m tired of corrupt and cynical politics where scoring cheap points is more important than the welfare of the nation. I look back on history and see the great men and women who have come before us and then compare them to the mostly rag tag ragamuffins we have these days and wonder if fifty years from now, students of history will be hard-pressed to find someone from our era to study.

There aren’t too many Churchills or Trumans, Thatchers or Kennedys around these days.

I’m tired of watching my taxes go up every year and all that money accomplishing nothing. I’m tired of asking where it all goes although I’m pretty sure I do  know. It goes into wasted ideas and programs that are so poorly conceived and implemented that they accomplish little to nothing. Tell me that I’m wrong.

I’m tired of tax money being used to buy votes for one political party or another.

There is a constant and very long line of groups, people and special interest standing at the government’s door with their hands out. Some bring wheelbarrows to cart away the money they demand.

More than $100 billion has been spent on official bilingualism in Canada over the past five decades. What was accomplished? The net increase in the number of Canadians who are now functionally bilingual is 2%; that’s a mere $50 billion per percentage point. It did not buy peace with the sovereignty movement in Quebec nor did it unite us as Canadians.

I’m tired of employment equity programs. Whatever happened to the merit principle?

I’m tired of seeing billions to fund aboriginal communities at a rate of 3 to 4 times the amount of money available to other Canadians and yet still see so much abject poverty. I’m particularly tired of being blamed for the poor governance and corrupt aboriginal leadership that is responsible for it.

I’m tired of billions being poured into aboriginal communities only to see poverty, high rates of teen suicide, substance abuse and misery. I’m tired of Canadians contributing all those billions to address these issues only to be continually attacked by First Nations activists for not doing enough even as much of the money is being skimmed off by greed at the top of the aboriginal food chain.

I’m tired of the self-righteous sanctimony of Idle No More, of Theresa Spence’s self-serving hunger strike and AFN Grand Chief Sean Atleo’s pathetic attempts to recork the bottle he opened when he called on action to protest the government. Mostly I’m tired of having to live through the same shopworn protests, blockades and drum circles that have accomplished nothing every time they were trotted out in the past.

I’m tired of the fact that we learn nothing from our own history.

I’m tired of grandstanding, intransigence and the unwillingness to work together to find real solutions to real problems no matter what the issue. I’m tired of watching people being misused and treated like chattel by cynical politicians, greedy union and aboriginal leaders and intellectually bereft activists.

I’m tired of an arrogant, under-informed and pompous mainstream media that for the most part have allowed themselves to become little more than Public Relations organs for the political ideology of their choice rather than objective journalists who report the news rather than just their opinions.

I’m equally tired of social media and all the wasted rhetoric, bullying, stupidity and misinformation that flow through it like water being flushed down a toilet. We live in the information era. We are overwhelmed by it but information, especially misinformation, is not knowledge and we have not only lost the ability but the willingness to learn.

I’m tired of tweets and posts and text messages that have more in common with cave drawings than literate communication. I’m tired of wading through dozens upon dozens of inane messages to get to a kernel of anything significant or interesting.

I’m tired of technology that constantly needs to be updated. I’m tired of hackers, viruses, Trojans and worms and all of the things we need to do just to protect our computers from those who find amusement in disrupting and damaging the lives of others.

I’m tired of Internet trolls who prowl the web like jackals only to lash out to intentionally hurt the vulnerable.

I’m tired of people rushing to defend against government regulation on the Internet while they stand around like sheep waiting to be sheared by spammers, thieves, bullies and by Facebook, Google and countless other online monarchies.

I’m tired of dealing with people who suffer from an over-abundance of Confirmation Bias and Righteous Mind (look it up). I’m tired of people trivializing profound concepts like democracy, integrity and justice with absurd beliefs and even more absurd comment.

I’m tired of the polarized politics of left vs. right.

I’m tired of ridiculous logic from people like Green Party Leader Elizabeth May who is continuously telling us that the majority of Canadians didn’t vote for Prime Minister Harper. She reminds us that only 40% of Canadians support the Prime Minister as if somehow that legitimizes her opinions. I’m tired of the absurdity of her argument considering that 98% of Canadians voted against her party.

I’m tired of people like Ms May, Justin Trudeau and countless others having too much to say and too little to actually contribute.

I’m tired of the petty, adolescent and intolerant arrogance of the Government of Quebec.

I’m tired of paying to be whipped, criticized and demeaned by people who won’t pay their own way. I am tired of the lack of appreciation of people we do support and of the constant demand for more.

I’m tired of paying out billions to special interest and then being treated like a second class citizen by that same special interest.

I’m tired of hearing arguments about guns, climate change and hidden agendas by the government when we have children living in poverty, who are being kidnapped, sexually molested and killed.

I am tired of our inability to actually determine what is truly important and to prioritize.

I’m tired of being called a racist or a fascist or communist by foolish people many of whom don’t even know what the terms mean and who have no other way of defending the lack of fact upon which they form their opinions. They are so poorly informed that they have to resort to name calling and verbal volume to try and legitimize their arguments.

I’m tired of people who contribute nothing to the discussion other than to disrupt it.

I’m tired of yelling, finger-pointing and personal attacks replacing informed, civil debate on serious issues.

I’m tired of the selfish grab for entitlements by people whose idea of fairness means taking from others. I’m still trying to figure out why it is considered greed to want to keep what you have earned but is not greed to take from others what they have earned.

I’m tired of people behaving like spoiled children whenever they don’t get their way.

I’m tired of envy, greed, anger, polarized ideologies, cheap politics, unions, violent protest demonstrations, governments that are too cowardly to enforce our laws and the hypocrisy and stupidity that are the foundation of it all.

I’m especially tired of the fact that we no longer progress, we barely maintain while we run around in circles chasing our tales like mindless, angry puppies without thought or consideration.

I’m tired of delusion replacing truth and illusion replacing fact.

I’m tired of the lack of values in our societies today; the lack of integrity, spirituality, respect for others and compassion. I’m tired of hyperbole and mindless rhetoric; the lack of responsibility and accountability.

I could use a break from the sanctimonious like Idle No More and Occupy, the self-serving like Theresa Spence and teachers’ unions, the vacuous like Justin Trudeau and BC premier Christie Clark, the corrupt like Dalton McGuinty; the misguided, the uninformed and the cynically dishonest.

I’m simply tired of it  to the point of being too frustrated to write today. So I’m not going to bother. Maybe tomorrow but today, I’m too tired of it all to write anything.


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  • Annoyed!

    I’m tired of people coming to Canada and changing our culture to theirs! If they want their religion they should go back home! Don’t change our culture cause you want to continue yours! My great grandpa died for this country, not for it to be changed to every other country that isn’t canadain! The poppy should be always red not white, we shouldn’t have to say happy holidays cause it offends others when we say merry Christmas! Oh the biggest one kids should be taught “oh Canada” in school! Don’t come here and open malls to match your culture, don’t take our land so you can have villages if your own people! Oh and learn to speak English! I find it offensive that other people can talk in their language so we don’t understand, which by the way they could be saying racist things, but Canadians get charged if we say racist things cause they damn well know what we are saying! I think the government should be like other countries “if you don’t like our culture and rules, go back to your home country” that way we are immigrants in our own country and I hate it!

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  • Daniel

    Interesting post and well written. Nice job.

    Although, I do have to admit, it reminds me that many people’s views on politics are similar to the attitudes of many people driving vehicles in cities and on highways- “things would be better if only more people drove like me”.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you suggested the above, or were even consciously thinking it, but you criticize pretty much anything and everything that doesn’t conform to your own paradigm of what constitutes “the good” and “the moral”, both of which are highly subjective terms. You lament for people being uninformed and inaccurate, yet there are a few comments you make here that would fall into that catagory as well (from my perspective anyways).

    This is just my two cents, so take it or leave it, but if you look hard enough, you’ll always find a well expressed and coherent argument to represent an opposite paradigm from your own, even if you don’t fully agree with it (as I have in your blog here and many of the comments shared with it). If people’s stupidity, real or not, upsets you this much, I’d suggest considering that the world is not going to end as a result. There have always been dumb people (myself amongst them sometimes I have to admit) and things have managed to progress, for better and worse, through an evolutionary timeline since the world began (most likey due to the fact that there have always been smart people to counteract things to an extent as well).

    The trick, I would argue, is to observe, listen and retreat for rest sometimes if needed, rather than get emotional. I don’t think you argue with emotion, but judging from this post, you do get emotionally drained from listening, arguing and informing (as we all do from time to time). I’d hate to see you permanently withdraw from a blog like this one day on account of being burnt out because of an overload of negative information. If you see or read something that makes you irate, instead of feeling the need to immediantly respond, take a breath and go do something that relaxes you or destresses you. Go make yourself a favorite dish, hang out with a family member, watch a favorite TV show, read a favorite book or something along those lines. Then come back later and respond, remembering that while the way people think and act is important, there are more important things in the world too.

    All the best and happy new year.

  • Magoo .5 Feathers

    Many Canadians think “Problem is is that we have created our own monster! So tired of the self entitlement around here.” Canada is Canada… rich in many cultures… history has made mistakes, how long does it take to heal? Why should we pay for the mistakes of history… and treaty creates a false sense of land ownership, and inequality for Fist Nations people. I have a right to my opinion, and DO NOT SUPPORT IDLE NO MORE…
    If you are Curious about Bill C-45 please Google the document, its not as bad as many think, since many dont even know what its about. Read the BLOG.. it shows facts. not conjecture.

    History of Origins: “Where Did Canada’s First People Come From?”
    “Scientists do not agree on where First Nations people came from, or how they got to North America, but they do know that First Nations people are genetically related to people in parts of Asia.

    Scientists know that First Nations people have lived in what is now Canada for at least 12,000 years, because they have found bones and artifacts that go back that far. Many scientists now believe that some of the First Peoples may have been here for much longer than that.

    For a long time, scientists believed that the ancestors of all North American First Nations people crossed over on foot to North America from Asia at the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago.

    At that time Asia and North America were joined, and what is now the bottom of the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska was dry land, (a “land bridge) because sea levels were much lower than they are now. The earliest man-made artifacts – tools or ornaments that archaeologists have found – date from that time.

    The theory is that nomadic hunting people followed the big animals (moose, deer, elk, buffalo) for food, and eventually moved south and spread out as the ice sheets melted back. Then they evolved different cultures to suit different environments.


  • Cheryl

    I found your blog through Margie over at As I Age. As I read your post, I found myself saying, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” You put into words, everything I was thinking, and you did it so well. Thank you.

    • http://abearsrant.com thebear

      I think a lot of us are feeling the same way. The lunatics, the privileged and those with an overly-well developed sense of entitlement have been running things for a little to long and the world is in a mess as a result. I believe it’s time to stop being quiet about it and make some noise. I appreciate your support.

  • Rastas

    Wow. You are a treat for tired eyes and heart. Since discovering your blog a month ago I have wanted to read all your stuff. Thank you!

    The past week I´ve redirected your five recent FN postings to friends and relatives with gusto. They´ve responded: Where´d you find this stuff? It´s not on CBC´s website so is it true? My response is that CBC likely would never publish audited financial statements of any FN, and if financials are made more public, it´ll be instantly blamed as PM Harper´s latest bit of electoral voter suppression. Ha!

    I choose to believe that Idle and the Chief will rue the day they insisted the PM tow to their demands. He is particularly suited as a policy wonk in these very areas, and in my view, to fully take up the FN request. Let´s hope they all can truly help create real transformational change and accountability so all Canadians get willingly onboard.

  • Scott

    Whew that was tiring! But you’re spot on Bear! Keep up the good work!

  • Mike from North Bay

    You can get exhausted, when things don’t change.

    But sometimes you and we can make a small change to this system.

    For example, after generations of Liberal MP incumbancy, we finally got a Conservative MP by 16 votes. His contributions have been small but noticable, where he has focused on projects ie. dams, railway & airport infrastructure, while the Liberal is preparing a comeback with platitudes and emotion.

    And while Municipal taxes go up every year, we formed a small group of taxpayers, and the city has finally listened, and now are starting to evaluate where the tax money is spent.

    At the end of the day we can only do so much, but as long as we contribute something positive it will help one way or another. And sir hats off to you, as your writings contribute very positivly and motivates and informs many of us.

    • http://abearsrant.com thebear

      I absolutely agree with you. The problem with groups like Idle No More, Occupy and too many others is that they want transformation change immediately but change doesn’t happen like that. The most effective change that improves our lives is done incrementally. That’s what the changes to the Indian Act and NWPA in Bill C-45 are, incremental improvements to the benefit of First Nations and Canadians in general. The longer we continue to resist with suspicion and anger incremental change while demanding transformational change based on grand but unachievable visions, the longer we doomed to failure.

  • http://gogreygirl.wordpress.com/ Margie

    I guess the one thing you, and others like you, can do is keep writing informed articles like this!

    • http://abearsrant.com thebear

      It helps that people like you take the time to read them. Thank you.

  • http://louisesor.wordpress.com Louise Sorensen

    Well said. I hear you.
    I think you may have left out ‘entitlement’.
    I see all these things too, but I don’t see how I can change any of it.
    I’m amazed that the world goes on sometimes.
    So I just live my life as best I can.
    I wish there was a golden key I could give you for all this, but I think human foolishness has no limits.
    So I’ll offer you a hugg. It’s the best I can do.

    • http://abearsrant.com thebear

      Tune in tomorrow. I’m going to try something to deal with it.

  • John – BC

    I too was tired by the time I read to the end. Never-the-less, you’re bang on about all the issues of which we are ‘tired’. I can’t think of anything you’ve left out. I suspect that you are speaking for the majority of us. It is unfortunate that the laziness of the MSM has left a vacuum that needs to be filled by ordinary people when they themslves are not doing the job jobs. Keep up the excellent work.
    Best regards from the west coast.

    • http://abearsrant.com thebear

      Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to read the blog. I’m not too tired to appreciate both. :-)

  • Gordon

    I’m too tired after reading this post to offer anything constructive whatsoever except to say….THANKS! You are not alone.

    • http://abearsrant.com thebear