Center for Spiritual Inquiry and Integral Education

R. Michael Fisher
To Justin Trudeau: Canada's Progressive Prime Minister
by R. Michael Fisher - Thursday, February 25, 2016, 08:10 AM

Dear Hon. Justin Trudeau,

This open letter is my first attempt to craft what will be an eventual real letter sent to your office. When I finally send that letter, it will be accompanied by my two books. Before I get to those details of why I want to send you my books and this letter, a little background is important.

First, I want to congratulate you and your Liberal party of Canada for finally taking this country, my country, towards a possible revolution in humanization, after too many years which have devastated the social life-world and educational potential of Canada. I'll refrain from a political analysis per se, but to say, that I have always believed with the right fearless leadership, if you will, Canada could easily be one of the leading countries in the world in terms of the best education system for all. That's where my career as a Canadian comes in.

I had been on a few career paths which involves fighting for environmental justice and ecological sustainability, when in 1980 (age 28 yrs) I graduated with a third post-secondary degree in Education (Secondary Science). I got my first teaching job and retired after two years, because I loved teaching but couldn't stand school systems. The short of my career development, my first co-founding of the In Search of Fearlessness Project in 1989 (Calgary, AB), and a few more post-secondary degrees (Vancouver, BC), led me to graduate in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Pedagogy from The University of British Columbia, of which my doctoral degree was supported entirely by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada fellowship paid for by Canadian citizens, who paid taxes to support academics like me. I won that $51,000 fellowship #752-2001-2274 (2001-03) during the most important official research years of my career. I was granted that highly competitive fellowship because I sent in a proposal to pursue the reasons that violence (conflict and fear) so negatively impact on Education and how we could improve that problem.

My dissertation was a study of the "culture of fear" phenomenon and its impact on eductional leadership and educational systems in general. This was decided as my topic before Sept. 11/2001. So, it seems my research and intuition and critical thinking had taken me right into the mouth of the lion, so to speak, about what was going to be a major shaping force of future society and educational activities in the decades to come (now, it is called the post-9/11 era). Title of my dissertation is: "Fearless Leadership In and Out of the 'Fear' Matrix." From that work, I was able to generate many more cultural and educational documents, art exhibitions and a variety of teaching seminars, courses, etc. all around this topic. I was eventually "forced" to leave Canada with my life-partner because she found a professorship in the USA, and we could not find one in Canada. We have lived in the USA for eight years. During this time, as an entrepreneur, I have continued my commitment to the Canadian people and government to solve the problem of violence (conflict and fear) in the education of our children and citizenry at large, especially in a post-9/11 climate of fear. I have produced to major books, all at my own expense, in these years, of which I will be sending to you and the government of Canada, so that you may find a new resource to tackle the problems of violence in all its forms, including all forms of oppression right down to "anti-bullying" campaigns, which I see is a topic you Mr. Trudeau have engaged in yourself, as a former teacher, and now Prime Minister.

The two books are: (1) The World's Fearlessness Teachings: A Critical Integral Approach to Fear Management/Education for the 21st Century (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010); (2) Philosophy of Fearism: A First East-West Dialogue (Australia: Xlibris) which is co-authored with Desh Subba.

As objective as I can be as a researcher-educator, these are by far two of the leading-edge cultural productions in the world with the newest and unique creative thinking about the Fear Problem, which is at the base of most every vicious problem of human societies. These, Mr. Trudeau, are the result of the support of the Canadian people for a Canadian researcher (myself) to advance our knowledge and ways of fear management/education. Canada deserves the best knowledge on this topic it can get. I believe I have delivered it. This is a Canadian-made cultural production. I trust you will have a read.

Lastly, I am offering myself as a consultant on this topic for the Canadian government, be it in Education or any domain of government. My life-partner and I are planning to return to Canada soon, and I would be glad to meet with you and your staff any time to begin a new phase of my life back in my homeland.

I look forward to hearing from you.


-R. Michael Fisher, Ph.D.

Fearologist, Education Consultant