My lady and I had just finished reading a couple of newspapers one Sunday morning in bed. We shared definitions with each other as we worked on our respective crosswords, discussed the politics of our country including how the current government, elected by having 40% of Canadians actually making the time to vote and out of that 40%, 39% of those votes went to the Conservative Party to become, “by a majority”, the rulers of the land. By majority meaning they have more representatives of their party in government than any other party and they did this by having only eighteen out of every one hundred Canadians voting for them. And that is the reason that most all modern democracies eventually become simple oligarchies, where power rests with a privileged group, the interests of the party become more important than the country’s, and they become controlled by corporate wealth and self-entitlement.
We also conversed about the Victoria region’s deer problem and about the building of more prisons as the crime rate drops. The morning, becoming early afternoon, was becoming surreal. I felt I could rest my brain by having another cup of coffee and reading the “Time 100”, which had mysteriously appeared in my lady’s domicile sometime over the past week but the surreal became downright scary.
The Time 100 was Time magazine’s special issue, “The World’s Most Influential People”, released back on May 2, 2011. It lists 100 people who have left marks on us all, “on the way we communicate, govern and even raise our children. We wouldn’t be the same without them”- people of influence, power and leadership. The managing editor’s article is quite good, talking about how we are living through an era of constant, transformative change and the importance of social media. Because anyone can now communicate with everyone, he believes the “democratization of information may actually lead to real democracy,” though I feel that there is also a thing to be said about too much information. On many levels the more we seem to know, the dumber we seem to be getting, by losing sight of what we really feel and think.
Many who are included in the Time 100 have indeed made a difference on the world, have influenced and have made many positive changes in millions of people’s lives over the past year. Most are outstanding individuals, but seriously, a tennis player, a soccer player, a cricket player, a fashion mogul, the “tiger mom”, a 20 year old actor on the television program, Glee, and a 21 year old actress who is a “sun, not a satellite”?
The editor wrote about change. Did he mean change for the better or scary change?
Also included in this issue were fifty-six full page ads, the majority of which were for pharmaceutical companies, covering erectile dysfunction, pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, cholesterol control and anti-depressants, telephone and electronic devices, automobiles, banking, financial and insurance services, oil companies and jewellery, which pretty much describes how we live our lives and who influences us.
The scariest of all is that Time also had an online, “Time 100” reader poll called the Reader’s Choice. Everyone in the world could vote for whom they feel was the most influential person on the planet. The poll winner, for the third year, was the 28 year old South Korean pop star, Rain, who recently became an actor in an acclaimed role in the 2009 film, Ninja Assassin. I’m just as confused as you are.
The day eventually ended and I slept. Strangely enough I had a flying dream that night. It was night in the dream as well, with clear skies, as I held my arms wide or by my side accordingly, as to how much speed I needed, and swooped towards power lines and poles, then veering away at the last moment, to soar higher, to gain altitude, before quickly veering once more and heading back down to earth, continuing my flybys of power lines and poles at break-neck speed.
The next morning I awoke rather well rested and simply looking forward to a new day.