Frederictonians uncivilized?

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If anyone actually reads this blog, they may wonder what kind of joke I am about with this heading, but I am dead serious. I believe we as a municipality are not yet fully civilized. And to understand where I am coming from, we need to define the term “civilized”.

See Wiktionary:

Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, reasonable, ethical.

So if we can agree that civilized refers to social development more than it does technological development, I think we are on the right path. To the crux of the matter then… would a civilized society allow people to die on its streets when, in most cases, it could be prevented? For those who are familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you will understand that before you take care of the self actualizing needs, a la theatre improvements, or monuments on the green, you take care of basics like food and shelter.

Simply put, we need the political will to want to help those in our society who are less fortunate for one reason or another. And hey, wouldn’t you say that a human life is more important than mowing our lawns?! There are literally thousands of items Fredericton spends its budget on… among the most obvious would be to ensure that those who live here don’t go hungry and/or without shelter.

Oh… and don’t dismiss it by saying it’s another level of governments problem… morally, it’s not. We are a community… period.


Written by sjdixon

February 17, 2007 at 11:11 pm

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    Mr WordPress

    February 17, 2007 at 11:11 pm

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