Dear Editor:

Here is hoping for a good New Year to all. Yet hope, like faith, is so often blind and has contained many belief system elements of historical subjective wishful-thinking. 2012 is heralded amongst a backdrop of Mayan end-times beliefs according to their 26,000 year+ calendar. End likely not in the way some think.

When their calendar resets to zero, our calendar version will most probably rollover unto the next day of December; yet, will the world be the same?

A birds-eye view for some now likely indicates, as a noticeable prelude, something quite different in our ways. Just in case you have not gleaned this in ourselves: as Canadians, we seem to like to point fingers at the U.S. and others, and in typical narcissistic fashion place blame.

However, Canada as you once knew it is right on track to becoming similar, and will likely be almost exactly the same under our present stewards. It may look different, but they are much more subtle in Ottawa in comparison to the U.S., and are looking more every day like a co-opted pathocracy.

I had written a few examples of our negative differences today in terms of humanity at large, but have refrained from their inclusion here, because, if they have not been noticed of mind by the reader now, they will likely remain that way.

1939 produced what some might say was a trial run by fascists, some known and some from the shadows, yet humanity paid most dearly. What system have we now, democracy? No, it is not this; we only think it is because we have been granted simple freedoms that are now being incrementally stripped away.

I will leave this with a quote put forth by Joe, not Joe the plumber, from Milton Mayers They thought they were free: The Germans: 1933-45.

One doesnt see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow.

…These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you dont know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes.

Thats the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked But of course this isnt the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next.

Arthur Koan

Radium Hot Springs