by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Last Updated: December 29, 2013
You have been a job for a few years, perhaps a few decades. When do you know is time to move on to something new?
I think one of Canada’s ministers, James Moore, the Government of Canada’s current Industry Minister, gives one example (recent CBC story online). He recently made remarks that it was not his job (i.e., the Government of Canada’s) to ensure young children get proper and adequate nutrition.
What is the job of the federal government? To be the safety net for the planet’s social animals (i.e., human beings). To be there when needed.
So, when you forget why your organization exists and forget why you really wanted the job, then it is time to move on to something new. I also think you should leave a job when you no longer try to solve problems facing your employer/department.
Mr. Moore was correct in a round-about-way. The government shouldn’t have to feed children. But it does, because of the government’s very other policies and philosophies. If the government focused on ensuring families had an adequate income, health care was health-focused (e.g., health education and health promotion) where doctors worked in a practices with nutritionists, social workers, psychologists, exercise experts, etc, there was well designed meals provided in school cafeterias, and each and every Canadian had access to free and universal education, then it wouldn’t need to feed children.
If single parents didn’t have to work two jobs to keep a shelter over their child’s head and therefore weren’t home in the morning to ensure their child ate breakfast each morning, the government wouldn’t have to feed children.
If Canada’s Aboriginals peoples weren’t marginalized by government and policy, put on reserves (‘out of the way’), and had access to their traditional markets and trading practices (vs. the appeal of corporate America’s low prices and quick meals allowed under free-market policies), the yes, Mr. Moore, the Government of Canada would not have to feed children. If Canada’s Aboriginal children were allowed to learn about their history and way of life instead of being made to adopt the ‘white’ man’s educational curriculum, then perhaps, Mr. Moore, you wouldn’t be responsible for feeding children.
If education budgets weren’t slashed (I realize this is a heavily provincial matter), perhaps school districts and schools would be able to afford to hire and staff social workers and other support services for students and their families when they hit a rough patch.
Instead of complaining about having to feed children, why not actually think and try to understand why the problem exists in your country and then go and try to fix the problem. Be a problem solver.
Mr. Moore. Just a reminder. The tens of millions of Canadians who have the legal right to vote, have the legal right to remove you from your job. In other words, Canadians are your boss. We pay your salaries. We pay your benefits. We even pay for the intern to run your Twitter account (Mr./Ms. Intern, nothing personal – working for an MP is a great opportunity!). When you stop respecting your boss, your boss eventually grows tired of your immaturity, lack of respect, and loss of focus on why you are ’employed’ in the organization. Eventually, this tiredness of your behaviours will lead to problems.
Mr. Moore, perhaps it is time you move on before your boss sees and understands the real you.
A Call To Action
Commit to yourself, today, that you will try your best to see the bigger picture: what truly matters to planet Earth, your fellow individual human beings, and all of humanity.
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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.