Yesterday, TTC subways were shut down due major communication issues. Something that struck me was a fact the National Post pointed out: there are still $2.7 billion in repairs still needed for the system. (No wonder the system is falling apart with tracks taken offline, floods, mysterious oozing substances in tunnels just to name a few.)

The fact is, this transit system requires a LOT of work to make it run well. Grant it, some like CEO Andy Byford seem to be trying. Part of the problem is, this is the result from years/decades of neglect from multiple parties. Unfortunately, there are different players at the table who are looking to get their “piece of the pie” without considering the effects on the big picture. This includes workers (in particular unions and its executives), managers and directors, politicians at various levels (especially those who push ideologies for their own re-election benefits, not because it’s the best thing to do) and residents who complain about how much they pay (whether in fares or taxes).

This isn’t just exclusive to the TTC. You can extrapolate this to our current teacher/school board conflicts and to corporations/liveable wages. So many conflicts and issues begin with “I want to ensure my piece of the pie” without consideration of the big picture.

What would it look like if we all aimed at the bigger picture and were willing to sacrifice for the betterment of those around us? Not about “How does this benefit me?” but asking “How can I help benefit you?” Not trying to ensure my own security and desires, but striving to ensure what I leave behind is better than what I came into for EVERYONE (not just my particular association). While it may not solve everything, it would at least move us in the same direction together.

Who’s going to step up for the greater good (or will we continue to just take our piece of the pie)?