Humanity Man

Well, hello there, dear reader, I’m so glad you chose to join us again.

  How did the last lesson go? For those of you who are new to this column or suffer from short-term memory troubles, the last lesson was: to be peaceful. In thoughts, in words, in deeds, we simply had to be peaceful.

  I’m hoping you passed with flying colours. And if you did, I thank you, as our world is already a better place because of it.

  Of course, simply not being violent is not going to make this world the one we want to leave for our children, but it’s a not bad start. Hopefully, being non-violent with each other will naturally lead into us being nice to each other. That’s when we’ll truly be on the right track.

  Being nice is not this edition’s focus, though. Today’s focus has to do with politicians.

  Now, now, don’t turn the page. The word ‘politicians’ usually has the same effect on me, but give me a chance here.

  Let’s be totally honest and Hank, here. (Most people like to be honest and frank, I just wanted to see what it’d be like to be Hank, instead.)

  Most people feel 95% of politicians are, well, they’re jerks. Plain and simple. The mere 5% of good ones have the incredibly bad habit of getting themselves killed.

  And you can put down your poison pens, supporters of whatever political party you support who are offended by the previous statement. I’m an equal opportunity guy, and I don’t differentiate between Liberals, NDP, Conservative, Democrats, Republicans, all of them. And yes, I am aware that it’s unfair to blame just the politicians, as it’s the whole darn machine that’s incredibly broken.

  I’m also aware that we’re jerks, too. In fact, we’re probably bigger jerks than politicians and the system itself. We follow along like a herd of blind, brain-dead zombies and graze like sheep in fields of apathy while bombs drop, children die, and governments and corporations throw the mother of all kegger parties at the expense of the only planet we have.

  Oh sure, once in awhile we get really, really mad and vote one group of jerks out and let another group of jerks take their place. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, eh, Mr. Townsend?

  Not exactly news is it, my fellow zombies? Have no fear, though, I am not wasting your time. I am merely leading you to the point of this edition’s column: question everything. I say it again: QUESTION EVERYTHING.

  You don’t have to go off the rails and become some conspiracy nut. Be respectful. Just question everything. Let’s check out a couple examples of people questioning so-called common knowledge, and see what happened.

  Brian Hicks was a Moncton, New Brunswick councilor when city staff and their mayor tried to fast track the privatization of the city’s water system. City staff claimed it would cost $70 million dollars to fix their aging pipes that delivered the water to residents of Moncton and began confidential negotiations with a private U.S. company, USFilter, to do the work, essentially privatizing water.

  Brian Hicks stood his ground, though, questioning the secrecy of the negotiations and the price tag that had now become public knowledge.

  When it all came home to roost, a private consultant refuted the $70 million price tag being tossed around (it was actually $48 million), and strongly recommended that city workers do the work themselves and have the city retain control of their water.

  A little closer to home and present time, the BC Utilities Commission questioned the BC Liberals’ claim that we are in an energy crisis. The Utilities Commission refused to allow a large block of private power projects, much to our government’s annoyance.

  Of course, ole Gordo Campbell has proved himself an uber-jerk by announcing his intention to overrule the commission, even though BC Hydro now spends more on the 10% of electricity it receives from private power producers than it does on the 90% of power it generates through its own operations. Don’t even get me started on the environmental impact of these IPP projects or the fact that BC Hydro is now forbidden by law from producing new sources of electricity.

  I’m not going to go into the whole IPP issue or the danger of privatizing public resources here. That’s part of the lesson in learning to question everything.

  How about it, fellow zombies? Care to turn off ‘American Idol’ for an hour or so each week and educate yourself on some real issues?

  Until then, dear reader and fellow zombie, Humanity Man bids you farewell.


Humanity Man lives on this beautiful planet we call Earth. He likes peace, love, and early Kings of Leon tunes. He dislikes war, hate, and Ann Coulter. He also welcomes any questions, thoughts, or comments sent to him through Synergy Magazine.