Robert Billyard lives in the Fraser Valley BC, with his wife Jennifer, three cats and our elkhound, Elska. Jennifer took the picture. The three cats were otherwise engaged.
He is a visual artist and writer with an interest in politics, history and world affairs.
Years ago, being civic-minded meant being concerned about our immediate community, whether it was urban or rural. Over the years, the world has become much more integrated. Our communities and culture have become more global. The world in so many ways has become borderless, and change jumps from continent to continent with the greatest of great ease.
While we are busily preoccupied with our daily lives, momentous change is ongoing that is under-reported or simply not reported. As news and opinion gatherers we have to get beyond the parochialism of our mainstream media. We need open windows on our national culture and the larger world around us.
We are in a world where too few people are making immense decisions for the many. Decisions too often undermine the social good of countries worldwide, serving the 1% at the expense of the 99%.
National Governments have allowed too many of their powers to be usurped by the global corporatocracy. They have retreated from real governance making their roles increasingly redundant and leaving their populations in a matrix that breeds endless warfare, moral and economic poverty and the suppression of democracy.
We are in a time where we have to be both civically minded and globally minded. Social activism becomes essential.
My hope for this site is that it will encourage people to speak out, to inform ourselves, to be aware, and act on this awareness.
We need windows on the world giving unobstructed views.