Peace, Order and Good Government
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Canadian Constitution Act 1867 speaks to "peace, order and good government": that's the intended scope of Parliamentary powers.
A long way from the way more familiar American concept of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"!
And "peace, order and good government" sounds pretty boring, eh?? (That "eh" is quintessentially Canadian too. )
Don't know why I've been thinking about this . . . but I have. For several weeks. Canadians are, of course, saturated with American culture: American TV and movies and magazines. Can't help it, living right next door to y'all!! In my own mind, I often confuse "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" with the entitlement to free choice . . . and I waaaaay too often think about choosing foods that will "make me happy"!! Especially during the holiday season just past: if it's going to make me happy (the stuffing and gravy, the shortbread, the eggnog) then heck, I should just go for it. Because I only live once, right? Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.
Gotta say, though, that at heart, I'm really a POGG. I aspire to be peaceful about food, to eat what I need (for fuel, nutrition) in an orderly kind way, and to exercise "good government" over myself.
There it is. Peace, order and good government. I don't achieve it all the time, but my personal "constitution" is stronger and healthier when I do.