Vive Le Canada

A Citizen in the New Millennium
Date: Wednesday, June 16 2004

What does it mean to be a citizen in the new millennium?

I am a citizen, I can converse with people all over the world
Through the wonder of technology, my computer can
Access the words of people from all other countries,
Many different languages, nationalities, religions and ideas
I can argue, discuss, and otherwise send out a message
Of hope or encouragement to complete strangers
But yet for many walking outside their door and speaking
Face to face with their neighbour is still too complex

I can cook food in a microwave oven, faster than ever thought possible
I can shop online, through my computer,
I can buy everything I need from all over the world and have it delivered
To my door
Everything from clothing, food, medications, computer goods, hardware, software and more
Yet I cannot know for sure what is in my food, nor who produced it
I can buy anything I want, but billions of human beings are starving to death
And do not have the basic food requirements, nor the basic healthcare services

I can watch hundreds of televisions stations, news from around the world
I can access news from the computer internet
I can telephone people in various countries and in my own government
But I still cannot be certain as to what is the truth, there is no certain truth
From anywhere

I am a citizen of one of the free-est nations in the world
I have so much, and yet I have so little
We have reached a point in civilization where more is always
Seen as better,
But few people are happy, many people are hungry, cold and homeless
We are so civilized that we are still resorting to violence to solve
Our problems
We communicate more than any generation and yet we probably know
Less than previous generations
We are the generation of spin, we have left truth in the past
Along with other previously admirable qualities, like trust
Honesty and integrity
We expect nothing but double talk from our politicians
We offer little to our youth, seniors, disabled and less fortunate
We reward the rich, we pay homage to the successful and attractive
We despise the poor and less attractive

We have evolved into a species of superficial beings
We have become less than the animals we eat
We have developed a survival of the fittest mentality
Which in the end will probably destroy us
If we were half as smart as we think we are, we could probably see
Just how inept we really are!

C.M.A. Whelan Costen
May 2004

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