The last two books I’ve read have focused on political regimes that on the surface had noble objectives or their countries, but were implemented at great expense to their citizens’ personal rights. Both resulted in patriarchal governments making decisions about almost every aspect of their citizens’ lives: their occupations, their homes, the size of their families.
Our society sits on the other end of the spectrum, and perhaps we no longer appreciate the extent of our freedoms. If you take the time to read the novels “A Gentleman in Moscow” or “Do not Say We Have Nothing”, you will not likely take these freedoms for granted in quite the same way. Don’t pass on the opportunity to voice your views about issues like voting, zoning and budgets when asked. It’s one of the many privileges of living in Canada. KG