Support Law Enforcement

Ottawa 17.08.2017
Ottawa 17.08.2017

Flawed? For sure. Needs work? Absolutely. I am talking about this photograph and that is why it has not been posted.

I walk the streets of the best city in Canada almost daily and that city is Ottawa. ( Sorry Toronto ) I see law enforcement everywhere and I have decades of seeing and knowing the incredible work these men and women do. Work that most of us could never muster enough courage to do. Instead we criticize.

So many cry foul, look to reduce budgets and at the extreme, look to eliminate. All because of a few bad apples and perhaps some outdated practices and policies. Much like this photograph, police forces need to be worked a bit and edited with the help of others in the community, a joint effort.

Personally I can’t imagine being under this magnifying glass constantly. How would any of us fare out given such conditions?

Perhaps it isn’t evident to everyone, but we are in a time of great change and the corona virus has been the catalyst for many of these changes.

So… A few bad apples eh? All of it seems like nothing when I compare it to the bushels of bad apples in today’s society. Positive and permanent change can happen and it will. We just need to show support to our law enforcement and say Thank You.

Rick Carroll

All Lives Matter

Ottawa 20??
Ottawa 20??

This is one of my favourite photographs. From what I could tell at the time, this man appeared to be homeless. I thought and hoped that perhaps in sleep, he was at peace.

When I first heard of the movement “Black Lives Matter” I thought “Ridiculous!” Of course Black Lives matter.

Rick Carroll

An Audience of One

In this day of social media, this time framed within an unrelenting need for likes, success and acceptance, I think that most would be hard-pressed to find people who actually live what they truly believe in at any cost.

As Socrates put it: “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Carl Jung, perhaps less brutal, wrote: “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Jung then went on to say:

“The highest, most decisive experience is to be alone with one’s own self. You must be alone to find out what supports you, when you find that you can not support yourself. Only this experience can give you an indestructible foundation.”

True loneliness however is not an end product of being alone. As Jung put it:

“Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important.”

I believe that the most important thing that anyone can do in one’s lifetime is to meticulously search their soul for understanding, identify the why’s of their actions, understand their fears, act on solving what they are capable of and accept and be at peace with their limitations. Clearly, the direction of a boat is better understood if one has at least some knowledge of the winds, currents, terrain and of course the boat itself.

Out of all the knowledge available for acquisition, self-knowledge is by far the most important. Without it, we cannot be authentic.

Rick Carroll