Suddenly it felt like fall, late fall; cold wet and windy. Not
what we had wanted! We did not want this glorious golden fall
that had so many trees on fire to end. Yet together with the
nasty debate south of the border over politics and Sandy’s
ravenous destruction, both of them barraging us, we kept our
heads down hoping for everything to get better. Neither I nor
anyone else can promise anything. There is no prediction
possible, not on the US election or on the weather. Both could
deliver frost and gloom.
We go to press before the election results are in and most of us
hope that they stay the course down there and do not go for a
new approach that will give heart- and soulless capitalism too
much power or religious zealotry the upper hand. There have not
been so many bible interpretations in conjunction with politics
in a very long time.
It seems to me that the terms of morals and ethics are very
confused subjects and deserve to be redefined in a way that
guarantees a pro-survival approach across the board for all the
components of life and living. We forget that there are not just
black and white, there are a myriad of grey shades, speak
It is clear that absolutes cannot be attained, thus what is best
would be what serves most situations and living things most
favorably for the longer duration, and that point of view and
result cannot come from one religious book or another. In fact,
religion is perhaps the wrong subject to consult, since it is
stooped in believes, not knowledge, and riddled with
superstitions and emotions.
Here in our own ranks we have enough problems to solve without
adding those of south of the border. Our provincial government
has thrown us a curveball with the resignation of the current
Premier, which resulted in a paralyzing of parliament; yet the
problems remain and others were added. The preservations of
reputations and honour of individuals seem to be more important
than accountability, transparency, honesty and truth.
It is no wonder that we all become more disenchanted with
politics every year. So let us not dwell on it much longer. This
issue has a lot of cultural activities to offer, even though
there was no Pioneers Day in Toronto celebrated, it appears the
politicians did not get it together, elsewhere there were
celebrations, even though not as well visited as in the past.
And even there politics, the internal kind played a role. A lack
of alignment and organisation became apparent which hopefully
will be corrected soon. More individuals need to step up from
the broad ranks to take over some of the functions that have
been held for so long by the “older” generation.
An aging population has not provided enough incentive for a
younger one to step in, thus it will be difficult to fill those
shoes that need filling for our local culture to survive. It
would be unsatisfying if German culture would only be
represented by official German interests from overseas in
Canada. Those sources have a totally different agenda; and lack
understanding for our local needs. They like to make use of our
resources but are not committed to helping us. For that reason
we better not look towards them for anything, but search among
our own people to contribute to our own local institutions.
I think it is possible if we do not divide ourselves into too
many separate entities but recognise that togetherness is the
answer to our current situation.
The most festive of all seasons is awaiting us with an
opportunity to show our desire to really be a cohesive
community. Let us take advantage of the many gatherings to find
all the things we have in common. Christmas fairs and concerts
are part of that. We enjoyed tremendously the concert Via
Salzburg gave, called the Promise of Youth. As usual there was a
lesser known work and a well-known one by Mendelsohn. For their
next offering go to
www.viasalzburg.com. More data on our internet site at
www.echoworld.com and go
to Echo Germanica from there. I am looking forward to the
See you there!
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