It’s almost heart warming–Canada is going to ‘Get Ready for A Love Affair With Culture This Fall’, according to the back page of the Globe and Mail Focus section. Signing on to the Culture Vulture Fest are any and all corporations you have ever heard of or done business with. Imagine for THREE WHOLE ENTIRE DAYS, from September 28, to September 30, we will officially care, love and nurture Kultchah. Wow. Which raises the obvious question: why does Canada need an officially sanctioned, corporate driven circus to ‘celebrate’ Culture in a country that, when you look closely, couldn’t care less?
That’s why. We don’t really care, don’t really support and don’t really know what to do with Kultchah writ large, a problem anyone born in older cultures, Europe et al, doesn’t know much about. Older cultures have learned that not supporting their Kultchah year round, forever and ever, results in the kind of soulless and ultimately pointless existence that most North Americans now take for granted. It wasn’t always this way; there was a time when tax cut supported people who supported the arts by collecting them and arts organizations were not reduced to begging to stay alive in this great country of ours. But no more. In Harperland, Kultchah is just one of those quaint rituals that simply refuse to die out entirely, so ….let’s support it for three days. What the hell. It can’t do any harm, can it?
We must be thankful for small mercies.