- Canadian culture reasonably strong; principles of inclusion, equality, freedom of expression
Corporate authority a concern
representative democracy is in good shape
broadly sketched classes, connected primarily to education/income, rather than birth
social mobility on the rise
- peaceful transitions of power
robust civic discourse
broad consensus about the state of climate change
violence on the decline
decent domestic economic indicators
- casual attitudes toward pollution despite progress
rapacious consumer culture
general mindlessness – a lack of attention to the present
shift away from in-depth conversation, little “dialogue” (in the Bohmian sense)
Every morning just after dawn Bruce Peterson gets up and pees in the lake. He pulls his boots on if it’s cold out, Birkenstocks in the heat, but every morning, without fail, he goes out and pees in the lake.
He hasn’t thought much about why he does this. He’s never been caught in the act and embarrassed – isn’t, in fact, sure that others aren’t doing the very same thing. After he’s done he thinks no more about it, gets on with the rest of his day.