ASQ Section 0407 Ottawa Valley November Newsletter

More choices

I did a post last year on this - on political choices in Amerika, but also on choices in general. We're now in that mode up here in the the frozen wasteland of Canada. Parliament is back in session, minority Liberal gov't still limping along with the occasional help from the more socialist NDP (yah!) and the threat of an election still. Depends on the results of the Gomery Commission inquiry into the sponsorship scandal, and how well the Liberal's manage to spin the outcome. And how long they can keep doing deals with the other parties to stave off a non-confidence vote.

Walloween, with all the excesses in treats and the panic to collect as much as possible, reminded me again about this. As I had posted before it's a chance for an interesting social experiment, and maybe a chance for kids to think (gasp) and learn.

Concept is simple - when the kids arrive I do the usual fuss over costumes, then hold out the bowl of candy and tell them to help themselves, take what they want. (Because it's a night of what they want, not what they need.) Almost all are surprised, many take one and then look at me expectantly, and I repeat to help themselves. The younger ones with parents are almost all coached before they can even make their own choice. No one has asked yet if they can take it all - but I'm ready to say it's up to them, and point out that one of the consequences is that there's then no more - I'll close the door and turn out the light.  Not a threat, or a guilt, just a consequence. We all have choices, even not choosing something and travelling thru life as a victim of events and other's actions - is a choice. if you need some help with yours, try the demo here.

I'll let all know how it went. Both choices, the kids tonight learning to deal with greed and choices and consequences, the politicians learning to .... oh - I just said that.


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