Small Realities

Inside the mind of Lance Schonberg

Politics and Sports

So a Federal election campaign is under way.  Yesterday was Day 3 and while everyone had their own message and the attack adds have started to fly, things are really just getting started.

But what was everyone talking about at work?  Some football player hurt himself during the first game of the season and won’t be playing for the rest of the year.  While I feel for him, whoever he is, in an intellectual way, he’s not even a Canadian football player but for some team south of the border.  There are far more important things going on than football.  Like, oh, the Federal election.

I work in a young industry.  Not the industry itself, but the people who populate it.  At 37, I’m deep into the upper quarter of age in my department, and probably the building.  Average age is probably 25-27.  The pundits are fond of saying that the younger demographics just aren’t interested in politics because it doesn’t speak to them in any meaningful way.  I see that first hand.

Admittedly, I haven’t always been as politically aware as I am now (getting better all the time), but I have always taken the time to get at least a vague idea of what’s going on and to have a something like an informed vote.  I know a lot of people at work who don’t bother to vote because they don’t see the point.

And the rich white guys running the country don’t think the system is broken?  Well, why would they?  It keeps them in power and none of the other problems with it hurt them either.


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