Kurt Vonnegut once said: “I consider writing to be an act of good citizenship.”
When it comes to Merv Adey, husband, friend and respected #bcpoli blogger, its most fitting. It’s with great sadness tonight that many of us have marked his passage from this earth..
And now I find myself called to keyboard too because Merv was more than a good citizen…he was exceptionally engaged even before he began writing about issues that troubled and concerned him. He followed all our blogs, commented and emailed and early on I think we all knew he would be a great blogger too. I encouraged him. Norm encouraged him. Pretty sure RossK did too! And eventually he did, and never looked back. We needed more lights to shine and his was bright-his words concise and pointed. His natural curiosity and sense of outrage for a clear lack of integrity displayed and fostered by the Clark government led to keen observations.
Yet at the heart of it.. and what called to me in his writing…was a heartfelt desire to see goodness done, to make this province a better place for everyone, and to hopefully fill a void lacking in public commentary.
Nowhere better did he display this, than in a post done just in June… and reading it again now…crying… I can sense in his words at that time, an urgency and need to lay clear a legacy for his readers. We must not forget them.
I’m going to leave you with some excerpts of his post, as a reminder of why he did what he did.. and to honour his work, and his memory. They are inspiring, and full of emotion.
May his words guide you to become better citizens too…even in some small way…because it really does matter.
I’m going to miss you Merv.
Past and future.. We are in between This blog began as an attempt to hold what I perceive to be a biased pro-corporate media accountable. More and more, it became less that and more a running critique of Clark’s government. For this post I want to return to the root…
What I will do is call for the amplification of buried and lost news, and more than that, amplification of voices who advocate and activate for a good purpose.
Politicians, media, partisans, ordinary people, bloggers..Big news sources, small independents. Like the old book, we will all write it together. Most of all…those who stand up for something just and for the broader public good will need amplification to compete with the noise. Many of the voices.. bloggers, activist groups, will be different.. Where they are honestly trying to achieve some balance they need your help.
But where have you been??
What I really want to do here is encourage anyone who reads this post to do a few things:
a: Read widely. Sourced factual news is everywhere . So is fake news. You’re smart enough to discriminate.
b: Don’t think your voice doesn’t matter… I’m proud of this blog, (though I’m probably more aware of it’s faults than anyone. I’m not the most technically proficient blogger)…. I’m proud though, not because I’m read by more than a few thousand at the best of times. I’m proud because of who reads…Politicians, journalists, activists and other voices I so respect.
c: If you have an issue in your community that needs to be raised, don’t underestimate the power of your voice. Collective is stronger than individual it’s true, but don’t underestimate an honest, fair, public minded raised voice. It’s powerful.
d: Share the good stuff….Don’t assume because you learned about these unauthorized dams in the wilderness today that anyone else did. Many things I’ve learned from small sources deserve to be front page news. Amplify.
The unknowns of the new reality in BC are enormous. The new government will have an extremely difficult job, but the election result guaranteed one thing. The vice grip of the BCLiberals has been broken. Even if they gain one more seat they will no longer have a blank cheque to do whatever they or their donors want without regard for consequences.
That’s huge. How media covers the new reality will be fascinating. Enjoy the ride. I will.