Monday, November 21, 2011

Love Is Better Than Anger

I thought I'd post this song called "Jack's Dream," written and performed by Guelph, Ontario artist James Gordon. It contains some of the incredibly inspirational words that Jack Layton wrote days before his passing. The conclusion to Jack's letter is:

My friends,

Love is better than anger.

Hope is better than fear.

Optimism is better than despair.

So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.

And we'll change the world.

For American or International friends reading this, Jack Layton, 61, was a long-time Toronto, Ontario city councillor who went on to become leader of Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP). In the most recent federal election, Jack led the NDP to 103 seats in parliament, more than double its previous best showing. Jack became Leader of the Official Opposition in Canada's parliament. Jack faced cancer twice, the second time took him from us on August 22, 2011, mere months after his triumph.

Jack connected with Canadians, many of whom didn't even vote for his party. His folksy charm, willingness to co-operate and to listen, and his endless fight for causes such as health care, aboriginal rights, and seniors, among a tonne of other issues, endeared him to millions of Canadians.

Us New Democrats still miss Jack terribly.

Here's the song Jack's Dream.