When I was a kid I read lots of Aesop’s fables….little stories to make you think. I have to admit, I read Aesop presently with the same enthusiasm as I did when I was younger because the stories are so relevant to swamp life.
One of my favourites is the story about the wolf and the lamb. It is the natural order of things for a predator like a wolf to consume a young innocent lamb. The wolf in Aesop’s fable makes an effort to justify his nature by manipulating the lamb. In other words, the wolf suggests to the lamb: You have caused me to eat you by certain actions you have taken. Being an innocent, the lamb is able to respond honestly to the wolf and refute the wolf’s condemnations. Even so, the wolf eats the lamb.
The moral of Aesop’s tale is this: The tyrant will always find pretext for his tyranny.
I am fortunate to have come into contact with some hearty strata advocates. These are individuals who have the guts to live what they believe and share their knowledge and experience with the rest of us. They are strata trailblazers – not sheep – but they do endure tyrants of a strata sort and I am humbled by their persistent effort and willingness to confront rather than succumb.
There are a few in particular I will name here so you can check out their work and learn from them as I have: Deryk Norton and Bob Harper. These two gentlemen have provided encouragement and insight to me on plenty of occasions and I’m grateful to them and very appreciative for their efforts.
There is one however who most represents a strata owner with a determination for action. He’s no armchair strata activist. Wolves be damned. Could I ever use this guy in my swamp!
Johnny Stork has the same attitudes about strata life as I do. The difference between the two of us is in our public approach.
I blog about my frustrations and share my experience through caricature, humour and a fair degree of vitriole. I believe the commonality of strata issues drive people to read my posts. Sometimes the simple act of sharing a situation can be the impetus for one strata owner to take an action and change his own circumstances.
Johnny writes methodically about his specific strata corporation Marina Estates. He has great courage because his belief in transparency and disclosure has generated legal orders in an effort to shut him up. He stays the course. The process he is going through to address building envelope repairs is so carefully detailed that it is more a step by step process manual for the rest of us than a website for his corporation.
Strata ownership is intensive for those of us who give a damn about our assets. A home is a home is a home. It is frustrating when other strata owners buy into the perception that a knowledgeable owner is a dangerous owner and needs to be outcast or shunned by the group. Owners who have taken the time to learn what the majority can’t be bothered to learn are assets. They need to be celebrated not tyrannized.
I’m reminded of my own “Squeaky Shrew” council member who actually boldly whined that council members didn’t have the time to read the S.P.A or our corporation bylaws because they were busy living their busy lives. When it was suggested she might step down from council she was as adamant as can be when she said she was only on council to keep me off. There’s pretext for you Aesop!!
So to Deryk Norton, Bob Harper, and Johnny Stork my hats off to you gentlemen for your tireless pursuit of strata sense for the rest of us. For the purposes of my story and the greater good you are hunters of wolves and for that, I hope the large number of BC strata sheep flocks are grateful.