Mike Duffy was found not guilty of all 31 charges. He is a free man. He is allowed to return to the Senate and the trough. The legal system has spoken.
But the judge also said something more than just ‘not guilty’. He said that common sense and the rules of the senate were strangers. In effect, the judge condemned the senate for the way it conducted it’s business. In effect, the legal system is broken as well. But we knew that.
Mind you, the law, justice and common sense are also strangers. The Latimer case proved that. Robert Latimer went to jail for years. Mike gets paid $142,000 plus non-nonsensical benefits for doing more of nothing. Who is he going to shill for anyway, now that Harper is gone?
But who said life was fair?
I also read that the top-billing doctor in Ontario (an eye surgeon) cost their taxpayers $6.6 million last year. Surgeons do not ‘pay’ for the hospital they use nor the staff that assists them. They don’t pay the cleaners or the power bill. My guess is that fairness and honesty might be in question there as well.
None of that is news. I mention it only because some people are more equal than others in our corrupt and faltering system. It simply cannot continue. And yet it continues.
But it no longer continues for me. By going ‘off the grid’, we have not fully extricated ourselves from the system but we have somehow ameliorated the effects of the corruption and evil of it. I have no doubt that, had I remained in the cul de sac, I would be so outraged by so much that passes for ‘the way it is’ that I would either be mental or arrested by now.
So, what’s the point?
Living off the grid is a form of therapy, a way to mental health. I had no idea that it would turn out that way but I think it has. Of course it has the positive influence of nature, whales, ravens and fresh air but it also insulates me from so much that is wrong with this world and I am just not talking ISIL, Trump and world hunger. I am simply talking about common sense, fairness and goodness on an everyday, neighbourhood level. We have more of that out here. It’s that simple. The ratio of good to evil is just so much better.
I didn’t know that.