Editorial: The new order of things

The silent majority needs to speak up to issues in Sooke

The silent majority is you.

While we can see all of the flaws in the workings of government and private corporations, or local issues, we rarely speak up.

Those who are opposed to something will usually rally their forces and present their arguments, very effectively, to council. The people who are not opposed are not speaking up.

What happens then is that council hears largely from those opposed.  And hear they do. Impassioned pleas and great arguments are made by groups who are serious about their side of the debate. They organize themselves to be heard. It is the silent majority who are never heard. The silent ones may talk amongst themselves but they rarely get in front of the microphone. This doesn’t work anymore.

The people who are savvy to social media and don’t mind door knocking get heard and those who sit back don’t. As a community, it is imperative to hear all sides of an issue. The point is that those who are organized will win. It doesn’t mean they are right, it means they are vocal.

Social media will become a factor in more and more decisions whether it is an election or a ruling. We can’t escape it. Life is no longer the same as it once was and those who aren’t attuned to the new way of doing things need to wake up. It would be a pity if a new government was formed only because of a lot of tweets, emails, texts and Facebook messages.

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