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By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted June 20, 2009 at 15:04:01

"But then I get the feeling that people like you, have no gumption to actually stand up and fight for what is right."

A curosory glance at my previous comment will show that you and I have not yet agreed on what is right. You'd be right if you pointed out that I'm not necessarily willing to take a stand for what you think is right.

"Just actually what are you doing about it, nothing? Something? Expand your views."

I'm an academic. My interests as a historian include world empires and environmental history. I get paid a meagre allowance for expressing what I believe and having a mind open to nuance and willing to engage with others. It's not much, I assure you, and it doesn't go very far in Vancouver (It went further in Hamilton), where my rent accounts for slightly less than half of my gross income. While I'm in financial limbo waiting for this September's support to kick in, I'm spending four hours a day commuting to the only job I have been able to land (It's a temp job with no benefits or holidays, and a mediocre wage). This doesn't leave much time for preaching on street corners and the like, but a medium-term goal of mine is to become more active on behalf of the urban environment I live in. I've been flirting with the long-term notion of starting my own website.

I have to say, though, that keeping an open mind is very time consuming! It often entails questioning what other people say, not always believing those who are most convinced they are right, not holding one-dimensional, black and white views (ie. the rich being responsible for all of society's problems; the courageous and righteous poor being trodden upon by a sadistic ruling class), and lots (!!) of reading.

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