To Think Outside the Box, Sometimes You Need to Leave the Box
Some very offensive man this morning on the panel on CBC radio called Ignatieff a “carpet bagger” and chuckled. No one called him out really, they just moved on. When I hear that I hear that he is essentially attacking Ignatieff for having a successful career abroad trying to contribute something to improving the world and then having the audacity to come home and try to contribute to his society here. He’s accusing Ignatieff of being a world citizen.
Is this supposed to be a bad thing? Are we really saying that anyone who hasn’t stayed in Canada their whole lives need not apply for the job of trying to run this country? Frankly, I’d like my leaders to have travelled a bit, lived in other parts of the world, compared societies. Whenever I have been away from Canada for an extended period I find my understanding and love of my country only grows. You can learn a lot through being forced to consider an outside perspective on your homeland.
We need outside the box thinking to move Canada forward through some of the challenges facing it. The best way to come up with those ideas or become open to them is to actually be out of the box for a while. And no, two weeks in Turks and Caicos every year doesn’t cut it. I’m not saying Michael Ignatieff has shown a lot of ability for a lot of out the box of thinking, but he has a better chance of being open to it than Stephen Harper. Harper has spent his entire life in Canada working for a partisan cause focussed on altering the nature of political debate in this country so that his minority beliefs can become mainstream political discourse. That’s necessarily a bad thing in case you can’t tell.
Like a wise man once said, the people who want power the most and go to any means in order to seek it, should be disqualified from attaining it. Its refreshing and proper for someone to come to the decision to serve their society through politics after a successful career elsewhere rather than to work towards politics as a focus of everything they’ve done in their entire lives. Do we really want career politicians or do we want the best people with diverse backgrounds and experiences contributing to run our country?
Carpetbaggers? I say lets find more of them.