We often get bogged down by the daily minutiae and forget about the bigger picture. On the day of his death, Jack Layton reminds us that we can be the greatest country on earth:
Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world.
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.
July 18, 1950 – August 22, 2011