Recently the CBC had a poll on the question: Do you believe that the word God should stay in Canadian culture?
They had the highest response, ever for one of their polls, with 86 per cent wanting to keep “God Keep Our Land” in the national anthem.
I am not a regular church goer. I do go sometimes to bond with loving people.
I doubt there is a supreme entity on a throne somewhere. I do believe in Christian philosophy, and I appreciate similarities in Buddhism.
But I also see how the UK has got messed up letting go of their Christian heritage and enacting overindulgent legislation toward other religions.
“God” represents part of our culture that serves to represent our historical and current Christian ethic way of life.
If anything we need to emphasize the concept of God because we have drifted away from caring for each other.
We have become dominated by a corporate monarchy, led by greed for money and power.
We overvalue things and image. And we have also dumped the seventh day as one of rest and contemplation.
Surely we need to turn that around, and reconsider that Christian philosophy was fundamentally early socialism, focused on loving and caring.
But socialism has unfortunately become a dirty word.
Shouldn’t we manage the economy, not just to provide good services, but also to provide income to people, even without the capacity for complex skills.
I believe Sweden has done this.
The current paradigm of a corporate dominated society has done away with jobs by technology, and exporting jobs to foreign lands.
We need a paradigm of providing goods and services for people by businesses that pay adequately for public resources and pay adequate taxes for the privilege of a business license.
That paradigm could include co-operative businesses that retain free enterprise, if they are well led and focused on serving.
But if you still feel like keeping your loyalty to big corporations, notice that General Motors has been moving their production to China, in spite of GM having received corporate welfare from North American governments for years.