Thursday, December 11, 2008

Where Have You Gone Tank Man?


- Apathetic voter turnout in the recent Canadian federal elections.

- The plight of the Big Three automakers.

- Growing unrest with world financial markets.

- Energy and environmental concerns ...

... has TSB wondering.

Is it possible North Americans are getting restless.
And increasingly ready to embrace a revolutionary spirit, personified nearly 20 years ago by "Tank Man"?

A moment in history when an ordinary, otherwise unremarkable citizen decided, "Enough Already"!



The story of "Tank Man" and his iconic image suggests each of us has an obligation to stand up for what we believe is right. The fate of "Tank Man" is unknown, as is his real identity. He may have survived the events of Tienanmen Square, or he may have been arrested and executed.

Are North Americans being pushed to the point where they believe some things are worth risking it all?

What is it about the story of "Tank Man" you identify with?

And how does someone summon that level of courage?

Is it something that exists in all of us?



"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has" MARGARET MEAD




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