The world is a weird place. We usually accept it at face value, but the fact remains.

Take, for example, the fact that I'm currently in Whistler surrounded by the opulence of Cornucopia on the one day a year we reserve for acknowledging the myriad liberties we enjoy. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people today are concerned with nothing other than the perfect food and wine pairing.

Daily life so rarely seems to be affected by the big stuff. Maybe it's resilience, or, more likely, our inability to cope with the gravity of it all. In the US there may have been uproar after the presidential election, but parties weren't cancelled and movie theatres remained full. Life went on.

I think it's our nature to create emotional distance as a coping mechanism, but is it at the expense of caring? Can we truly be engaged citizens if we don't engage?

I don't think there's anything wrong with parties (actually, very pro-party over here!) and this certainly isn't a call to have fewer of them. It is, however, an opportunity to think about what's going on in the world. Today, relish in your long weekend. Sleep in, walk the dog, hang out with friends. But take a real minute to consider why you're not at work today. Without paying lip service, be thankful and remember.

By engaging with every aspect of life, be it political, social, or emotional, there are more jarring highs and devastating lows. But only in that complete engagement can we live a full life.