Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wait, so it's Dion who has difficulty setting priorities?

The latest smear campaign from the Conservative Party of Canada targets Stephane Dion and his perceived inability to be an effective leader, using fellow Liberal Michael Ignatieff to drive the point home. I suppose Stephen Harper and his surly gang figure that the attack will be more effective if a colleague of Mr. Dion's does all the dirty work. But their hands still have stains on them. It would not be so despicable were we in the midst of an election campaign. But we're not. If they feel that it is necessary to air attack ads even before officially calling an election, it must mean that they know that the imminent budget will displease Canadians. They know, and we know too. It will undoubtedly suck. Yay military!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Lobotomy not required

Lately I have felt as though I have been living in cloud cuckoo land. I am unsure how this state of mind has come into existence. A new sense of optimism is the ostensible cause of this mindset. The cause of the new sense of optimism, however, remains unknown, having obliquely arisen from a previous state of mind that I am only able to identify as 'not optimistic'. Despite the occasional unpleasant circumstance that may arise in the course of a life, I am always able to shift my headspace back into a place where things are good and tolerable and not hopeless. Small small things are able to instill in me an enormous sense of wellbeing. Has this anything to do with getting older, wiser, etc.? Or has it more to do with casting a blind eye on all the worldly matters that normally make one cynical and pessimistic? Perhaps it is just a realization that cynicism and pessimism are mostly pointless activities. This is not to say that my outlook is devoid of either of these things, just that I happen to be carrying around a little less of each for a change.


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