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Get an umbrella, get a coffee and join us for some old songs, some new and some brand new!
I know I’m not alone. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if many readers have great reasons of their own.
I can’t physically work more than I do. Presently I have arthritis and certainly cannot take time off for the surgery and weeks of recovery it would cost. And I’m Canadian. I know this flies in the face of our “health care is magic” but I can promise you it’s not roses in every case here.
Here in Victoria we have a lack of doctors run off their feet. They no longer, for instance, to check ups as they are considered “a waste of time”. In order to avoid any problems the only thing you feel you can do is improve your diet and exercise.
Now add that to the aforementioned low income, and inability to work more due to arthritis. If you exercise you push against the arthritis that makes what work you do even more painful and if you work more the same so you have to take what little money you have to actually pay for better food which costs more.
This is why there is the modern phenomenon of poor people being obese. It used to be rich=fat. Not it’s poor=fat. Rich people can do a southbeach diet. We can’t.
When you are poor you are eating to feel full. This is starches and low quality food. Food costs are up across the board as well as gas. Again with the interconnection.
This is the part that actually makes me crazy. That I actually studied Sociology in university that in the first term explains how “income dictates health”.
How can poor people pull their socks up or whatever phrases we use if they their situation is built to fail. It’s 2019. We can do better and we do know how.
It’s the basic income model. I just got paid Friday, paid bills and now on Wednesday I have 2$. A supplement to this would not stop me working. It would have me work more efficiently, more effectively and for longer. I’m typing this into a crap phone on a city bus but I have seen and read cases on how when this program has been tested in not only didn’t make “everything worse” but it actually cleared up problems across the board. Medical centers, for instance, notice a significant drop in visits because people’s lives became healthier.
Reason I say my story is because, even though it is specific to me I know I’m not alone. I’ve heard through the cracks in media’s paint.
Most of us are not doing better than we were ten years ago.
If someone told me they were going to make things “great again” I will admit, my hope would be raised to. This isn’t going “that way” now but it’s connected. It all is. When things are impossibly hard in a way that cancels happiness and threatens your existence you grab for any rung. You can blame me or anyone else that “didn’t make it” but that also is logically flawed. We can’t all be the head of the company. The architects just didn’t make the executive washrooms that big.
Also many of us have a “side hustle”. We worry we’ll miss out. Only stands to reason you would be on your phone so much. It doesn’t stem from anger. It stems from trying to make it “great again” yourself. It’s true no matter how you politically alighn yourself. All of us fish see the same nets being used. And it’s freaking the gills out of us.
Please have a look at the different basic income accounts out there on social media and check out what they’ve been saying.
It may be early days for this still grassroots idea, but we got to start somewhere.
There is other gains as well that can occur from Basic Standard Income as well.
Firstly we can kick off we a general feeling of brother love and togetherness in a way that actually matters, and not as an abstract concept.
Secondly the boom in the arts and humanities cannot be overstated. It is at our peril that we discount these parts of our culture as some would do. They are our culture. They are were we step into our higher selves and think beyond the immediate. Examples range from Beethoven to Beckett, from the Charter of Rights to the inscription on the Statute of Liberty.
Supporting these is our “Why?” much as supporting infrastructure is our “How?”. If you can’t stop to think you can’t do it better than before.
This is about not just raising up some of us, this is about all of us. This creates hope and from this joy. Your need to stop violence across the world to within communities and families could reduce too.
This is about humanity’s purest potential.
To quote Jeff Goldblum in the movie Powder “Maybe one day our humanity will overtake our technology”
Paul’s dead man, miss him
No matter what the issue the reality is the same. The first has to be that like the guy in Network said “you’re the reality, we’re the illusion.”
Hold my beer, buddy, cause you ain’t seen 2018.
Well here we are in 2019 and still preaching to our choirs so hard their ears are bleeding. Truth is you have met people who don’t share your views and you do actually like them.
As a musician I learned early how people get very tribal very fast in all kinds of things. When I got into Depeche Mode I was a traitor because it was us Classic Rock maintenance guys versus the grunge and generally new music crew at McDonald’s. No seriously, that was a thing. I crossed a line by liking People are People.
I find myself seeing the point on both sides. Truth is 2016 was such a bound to happen political hellscape for everyone that no matter if you were for him or her, the other one really (as they say in the UK) wound you up (got you going, got you ranting).
I have screamed at the walls about issues for utterly no reason. My girlfriend, the poor thing who doesn’t like political discourse at all is just like “calm down”.
Truth is absolutely no clever wording, campaign or meme will make up for her what is done. What do I mean. Ok, here I moronically probably go… Ughh…
My loved one is a First Nations coast Salish person who was of course effected by residential schools, the horrible reservation system, and everything else designed to exterminate her culture. She has endured from that more than she’ll ever say. She’s tough and quiet. But it’s things people say to her that make her sad. If someone stereotypes her, or makes fun of her that’s what counts.
That’s the thing, we can argue the details but not communicating is not who we are. Put a person and a wolf in a cage and guess who wins? We are not fighters, we are organizers. We work best as a group. And ripping each other a new one isnt working. I know you’re right about that thing but we need to show how we can work together.
Don’t even get me started on how communication in this way isn’t effective. We’re not all Hemingways running around spouting The Sun Also Rises. I’m still of the generation that goes “f it” and calls the person. Nuances of interaction are gone in this frenzied type of top of the head creative nonfiction.
And in terms of communication an attack always leads to an equal defense. Considering some societies lob missiles at each other for decades I’d say there is no “ultimate argument” that really takes them down a peg or two. Learning doesn’t happen when someone gets aggressive with the intended student. They just change the channel and your back to your choir again. If we can create the want for learning, actual conversation where we start again and just talk we can do it. It’s social capital. Noone wants to be left out.
I’m a leftie most of the time but there are some who are so far left they come around to the right saying “we’ll always be enemies.”. If you’re on the hard left and the hard right has agreed with you, it’s not working. Or if it is, just launch the big missiles and be done with it. But you don’t want that. You want something else. Besides we are better than this. Watch any video on YouTube about people helping people. We can do anything.
Same with the vote. You can’t type in a way that will convert someone. Just try to create a community in which the right person moves forward. It’s up to you, not politicians.
Here’s a hint. It’s not on this phone.
Put the phone in your pocket. Take off the white ear things. Go outside.
There’s a world of people out there. Talk. Now.
Leave the screens out if it. They are, at best, aggressively pointless.
A trying to let it go SJW 😛
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I know that Hayden did come to Victoria ages back as the friend who got me listening saw him here.
Makes me wonder if he got the name from Elk Lake which everyone passes on their way to Victoria.
Starting this series off is an older album that is so worth it I worked at a cafe that had it as required listening for when things got stressful. It is so superchill, well crafted and has still wonderful hooks that stay with you.
Start here and dive into Hayden’s discography that you may not have heard but really should…