Letter regarding the Village Vision session held March 12

Tuesday, April 5 2016

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Village Vision session. Two groups came up with excellent visions for our Village Core – projecting 50 years into the future. I hope they’ll be acted upon. One was voted best overall design.

Unfortunately, I was not in one of those groups.

I’m still scratching my head about what attracted my group to a visioning workshop. These are some of the ideas that came out of our brainstorming session and the legacy to leave for future generations:

•      Opening comment from two participants: “I’m not giving up my car.” (I tried to start a discussion about GERTIE. No takers.)

•      More parking spaces needed in the Village Core

•      Mini putt golf course

•      Bowling alley

•      Curling rink

•      Paths are needed to connect citizens with the school and shopping but no need to extend a path to the ferry. (Evidently, I was the only group member who would have used it.)

•      Lots more garbage cans needed everywhere (no interest in reducing pollution).

Is it any wonder why boomers became known as the “me” generation? Sharing economy – we’re just not that into you.

While at our “brainstorming” session, Lennon’s line, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,” kept running through my mind. But I sure felt like “the only one.”

Let’s hope it doesn’t take a natural disaster of epic proportion before we wake up and smell the coffee in a takeout cup we brought from home. I now have my doubts.

If we actually read and act upon the ideas in the books published by New Society, we might make meaningful changes to the way we live and work.

Until then, I remain an eccentric hippie with idealistic notions. I hope someday you’ll join me.

~ Namaste, Jan Moore