Before succumbing to radiation poisoning, Spock provided some valuable advice in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Spock stated, “The good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or the one.” If only more people at Cowichan Lake took this advice to heart.
The Centennial Park camping issue comes to mind, wherein a select few people wish to cancel the fun of many in order to ensure a quiet evening’s rest. Close your bedroom window and you’ll be fine. There are potentially valid arguments against allowing camping, but this is the only truly selfish one. You bought a house next to a sports hub. Deal with it.
The tile project vandalism (see Page 5) also comes to mind. A few people’s violent outburst has cost many people the enjoyment of looking at a beautiful public art piece.
One confusing example of people ignoring the greater good is when developers don’t take the advice of Advisory Planning Commissions – and therefore the wants of the community – in order to build something the community doesn’t want. This isn’t the best means of getting your neighbours to like you.
Then, there are those who own derelict buildings, and insist on holding onto them despite the pleas of the community to have them sold, torn down, or beautified in some capacity.
The greater good, people. The greater good.