Saturday, August 27, 2011

Jack Layton - a call to action

 I just watched the state funeral of Jack Layton. Something might be happening here. Here in Canada. Not sure...can't really write about it now. I need to process it, but I think something is definitely going on. Just in case you weren't watching, you should know that the priest talked about his husband; Stephen Lewis had about twelve standing ovations DURING the eulogy; and the music included Stephen Page (Barenaked Ladies) singing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen; Lorraine Segato singing Rise Up, Rise Up; and Julie Michelle leading a choir and ALL the mourners in a rousing version of Get Together  (come on people smile on your brother) by The Youngbloods.  All the current and past political leaders were there and, well...something happened. It really really did.
I didn't put a challenge in today. I would just like you to take a moment and consider the last words of Jack's letter to Canadians-

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.
All my very best,
Jack Layton

6 comments:

Doreen said...

Great last words, wow. I am stopping by to say hello [I already follow you] from the Campaign. We are in a group together...

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Great words, I remember Toronto with great affection.

Yvonne.

Talli Roland said...

Thank God. It's about time we kicked out the evil SH. You know who I mean! Jack will be missed - he was a great man.

Ann said...

A wise man indeed! Words to live by.

Jan Morrison said...

Thanks all dear women! I'm not quite finished talking about Jack and will share more this week...

Trisha said...

I'm Australian but a Canadian friend of mine talked with great passion about Jack Layton and the letter he left behind. I read it and found it very moving indeed. He was a good guy.