John Adams made the astute observation that “Fear is the foundation of most governments.”
which has certainly been proven here in Aurora.
It is my opinion that long before the libel chill the outgoing government has instituted a culture of fear.
Children trying to sell ice cream at the Farmers market are afraid of being bullied. This may have been lessened given the offending bully councilor Granger has stepped down in his role as “liaison” to the market.
Departing staff members are afraid to speak out because their jobs withing the municipality are at stake.
Residents and members of local organizations do not which to speak out in fear of retribution, whether it be funding cuts, harassment and now add to this lawsuits.
It is equally astounding and sickening to speak with members of our community who have experienced clear acts of bullying but refuse to come forward because they have been paralyzed by fear.
Mohandas Gandhi had this to say about fear:
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Aurora can conquer this fear.
There is a well laid out article on fighting a culture of fear posted on the Vancouver Sun here:http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thesearch/archive/2008/01/26/in-a-culture-of-fear-staying-calm-is-a-political-act.aspx
Dale Cagierne has this advise:
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Aurorans the election is upon us.
Go out and get busy.
Together we will conquer this fear.
Together we will reclaim this town.
You have nothing to fear, because the fear itself is being removed from office on Oct 25th.