The Me's & We's Of Our World

Will this be the best of times for these kids playing carefree on the beach? Canada is having a federal election and I realize it could well be our last chance to stem the tide in a small but meaningful way. If we reject our current leader simply because we are angry an election was called or we are tired of liberal faces, power could go to the climate change deniers lying in wait in the PC Party along with the few anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers and anti-we's. Logic is as twisted as an old piece of driftwood in politics.
The "me's" say "we's" will create divisions with coming vaccine passports and the like. Yet when it comes to health and climate it will be "we" policies that create freedom for more "me's". In the end, M is an upside down W and W is an upside down M. We are mirror images needing solutions and escape from the confines of a pandemic world.  

The man (above) found relaxation on a bench at the beach. Can you see him? My bit of escapism was playing with a digital arts program to give the picture I took a painterly look. The man on the bench (below) strummed his guitar, playing a lovely tune.  
Families gathered under sun umbrellas and played along the shore.
The crow and wild peacock (below) were unconcerned, although human caused environmental failures effect them as well.
The colourful fan of the peacock's tail remained closed as the bird explored.
I saw the tail's likeness on a nearby gate, however.
On the horizon, a lone sailboat drifted on the shimmering sea inspiring calm.
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Comments

  1. Wonderful post and lovely photos. The beach images are beautiful, I like the decorative gate and the view of the sailboat. I hope there are more "we's than me's. Everyone should come together as one.

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  2. Timely and insightful observations and beautiful images. Looking forward to the time when we can walk along Crescent Beach. Thank you.

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  3. A delightful series of photos along with their creative touches, and I found what you had to say very interesting. Far too many divides aren't there? Wish we could remember that to help ourselves we have to help others, and it's not all me, me, me! We are all in this together after all. Thank you for a very thought provoking post.

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  4. I love how you expressed the current concerns with me's and we's :) "We" here in the U.S. are facing the same concerns - masks and vaxs. Mask mandates are coming back because they opened the schools without masks required and the kids are getting sick. The school districts want to mandate masks to protect the kids and the parents are protesting! Hospital ICU's are full of COVID patients - again. When they said that those who had been vaccinated didn't have to wear masks anymore, it opened the door for those who didn't get the vaccine to not wear masks. It's crazy here! Maybe everywhere... Thanks for the lovely journey of photos. A nice respite in a crazy world... :)

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  5. I think that we are faced with voting for the least odious among our politicians. Climate change is the paramount issue for me and I am dismayed that only ten percent of the electorate identified it as their primary concern. I will hold my nose and vote Liberal, because the alternative is too heinous to contemplate.

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    1. That climate change is only 10% of concern is a shock, especially considering all the recent proof we’ve witnessed around the globe and at home. There are no more election cycles to waste. We can’t go backwards to the old Harper policies so Liberals are, indeed, the only choice. Whether we jump for joy or hold our noses, Trudeau is the one to do it IF the electorate gives him the chance. I agree, the alternative is a huge worry!

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  6. Please don't let the inmates run the place! The sailboat looks like a shark, cause that's where I went. Thank God for the man on the bench and his blonde ponytail.

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  7. Very creative and delightful series of photos and post ~


    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. Such lovely photos. Good luck on your election. Good luck on the recall election here in California, such a waste of time and taxpayers money if you ask me.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  9. The politics wordwide is unnerving nowadays. I've decided to just keep doing what I'm doing and try not to add to the unrest. Gazing at your beautiful photos is one way to lessen my anxiety.

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  10. It took me a while to find the man on the bench but once found it became my favourite. Why are we all finding little to inspire us with our politicians. Having to vote for the least obnoxious is not good enough.

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    1. The electorate isn’t always perfect either. A small but loud and threatening far right group has thrown gravel at the Prime Minster and his supporters yesterday. Unacceptable! This hatred and anger is another kind of virus that’s been going around. This strange bullying behavior is not typical of peace-loving Canadians. Pandemic “restrictions” is likely bringing them into the open.

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  11. You really have a photographers eye. Every shot balanced and wel composed. I like them.

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  12. Lovely photos. They are trying times. I just want the election over. 12 days! Then we can get going. I do have fears...

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  13. Maria - you are spot on with what you have written about me's and we's. And how clever to point out that M and W are mirror images of each other! The painting effect on those photos is mesmerizing. Keep hoping, my friend - we need hopers in this world!

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  14. We need leaders who give solutions and hopes being true to the facts based on the scientific data. This is not always easy, since science is process of discovery, it can be incomplete at times while getting closer to truth. To attack a few of mistakes/errors to deny all without seeing the whole picture from perspectives, which is a violent worrisome trend these years. The last photo is hopeful, a sailing boat under the vague rainbow on the shimmering horizon.

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  15. Honestly I am glad that I never had to vote in my life ! In Germany I was not allowed to vote because I lived in Belgium (today you can vote in the embassy) In Belgium I am not allowed to vote because I am German the only country I could vote is Italy but there just like in Germany I don't know nothing about politics. I could become Belgian but I see no interest in it except that I would be obliged to vote and I hate do be forced to do something which I don't like ! Anyway through blogging I learned one thing politicians are a special race and they are all the same. Maybe a few exceptions !

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  16. Your art (and that is really what your pictures are) is wonderful and the M and W analogy is food for thought and all your thoughts beautifully expressed. (and I am in agreement completely). Have to admit being confused about your election as I see you wrote this some time ago and I had just read in another blog from Canada ranting about people going to the polls unmasked (a terrible thing IMO also). So I thought maybe the election was over and I had somehow missed the news -- and I left here to go read about it. So now I know and -- Best of Luck on Monday!

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