I talk and write a lot about Citizenship before Partnership in the context of Reboot Alberta. What is the difference and what difference does it make in Building a Better Alberta?
I think it comes down to either the selfish pursuit of power through Partisanship or the selfless expression of love through Citizenship.
I am inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and his framing of the relationship between Love and Power, especially in an Alberta political lens. He said: “Power without Love is reckless and abusive. Love without Power is sentimental and anemic.”
He went on to say: “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
We need a lot less reckless and abusive political power pursued through partisanship. We need to do better than sentimental and anemic citizenship that is well-meaning but inert or naive.
We need more aware, better informed, effectively engaged, and assertively active citizens intent on taking back control of our political culture in service of the greater good more than self-interest.
As Monty Python used to say: “Here is something completely different”… for this website, an audio track of my thoughts.