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Is standing for opportunity an unpopular stance? I’ll take my chances.

November 7, 2018  

I’m not going to say now more than ever. But that’s how it feels. That humankind’s natural bent towards a negative bias is omnipresent, bombarding us in all forms of media and conversations.


To be fair, our natural negativity bias has served us in the past. Detecting danger is how fellow Homo sapiens managed to survive and stay off the T-Rex menu. Hara Estroff Marano in Psychology Today, Our Brain’s Negative Bias says, “Our capacity to weigh negative input so heavily most likely evolved for a good reason—to keep us out of harm’s way. From the dawn of human history, our very survival depended on our skill at dodging danger. The brain developed systems that would make it unavoidable for us not to notice danger and thus, hopefully, respond to it. All well and good. Having the built-in brain apparatus supersensitive to negativity means that the same bad-news bias also is at work in every sphere of our lives at all times.”


A lot has changed since the Stone Age. Yet, it still seems that  “No” and a desire to believe in worst-case scenarios seeps into our modern outlook (dare I mention how Fake News has been able to take off so easily?). Does it make it more difficult to cross the chasm to YES when opportunity presents itself? Perhaps.


Now, here’s where I’m going to take what feels like an unpopular stand in today’s culture. I’M ACTUALLY FOR SOMETHING. (Well, many things, but let’s start with one for the sake of blog brevity). I’ll say it again. I’M FOR SOMETHING. And that something today is for Calgary to proudly welcome the Olympics in 2026.


Here’s why I’m supporting the Calgary 2026 bid






Want to get the real facts? Check out Calgary 2026’s website to get factual answers to your questions (there’s a lot of innuendo and fake news floating around).


Let’s vote YES to this huge opportunity today in advance polls today or on November 13th. Because if we choose the “No” path continuously, it will lead us to that destination. Nowheresville. And that’s not where we belong.


p.s. Want to see where to vote? Follow this link>>