People experience a reality; the words and symbols follow. As the guy in Field of Dreams might have said: Build it and they will name.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
Humans are emotional beings, but you can also think of us as symbolic. Sports is part of that. We remain prey to our feelings and the symbols that embody them.
What's the cultural opposite of ambition? Modesty. That could be our cultural keyword. For a great example, go to the National Film Board of Canada website and check out 'Welcome to Pine Point.'
Hope is indispensable in public and private life. I don't mean brainless optimism in the face of facts. I mean hope that finds a way to persist in honest awareness of how bad things are.
The most jarring phrase, to my ears, during the recent election, was: "Many people say Stephen Harper is a mensch."
'Rob Ford and the loss of hope' was Rick Salutin's last column for the Globe and Mail. Unfortunately, the last paragraph was cut. Here it is, restored in full.
I'm talking political philosophy here, not Viennese waltzes. People keep asking why Stephen Harper acts as he does, it looks so buttheaded.
Does the economy exist for people or do people exist for the economy? That doesn't tell you what to do economically, but it reminds you to examine the direction you want to head.
I met Abdullah, the seven-year-old terror suspect, at a dinner near Toronto on Canada Day. He came last year from Gaza with his dad, Izzeldin Abuelaish.
This week's mass processing inside (and outside) a Toronto courthouse helped clarify June's Jailapalooza festival during the G20, the largest mass arrest in our history.