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Canada – Still The True North Strong and Free

1canada5There are days you remember vividly, sometimes for good reasons, sometimes because they are heart-wrenching. The news is full of doom and gloom: Ebola, Chikungunya virus, D-68, violence, invasion, rape, torture, murder, corruption, and apparently news and social media think it’s extremely important to know Renee Zellweger’s face has changed, although I have no idea why I would care, it’s not my face.  Here in Canada members of our Armed Forces were attacked, two senselessly murdered on Canadian soil and Parliament Hill breached. While I’m not surprised or shocked, I am saddened.

Terror has controlled us and our actions for many years now. The moment governments stopped serving and caring for the best interests’ of their citizens, we were lost. Attack ads, partisanship – politicians, the media, social media, and people spend so much time in ‘gotcha’ moments instead of honesty and respect.

We can’t overcome hate with hate. We can’t win by fighting or piling up flowers, candles, teddy bears, and flags while ignoring that our politicians care more about corporations, millionaires, promoting their own ideology, and catching their opponents gaffes than they do about the well-being of their citizens. We simply can’t wring our hands, post platitudes, complain, argue, not vote, and accept this is the new normal. Canada is better than that. I hope there are still Canadians who are better than that. We need to find out why some youths are susceptible to brainwashing. Maybe they see the extreme inequality and the future is bleak for so many. Perhaps they’ve been groomed by corporations marketing to them with brainwashing methods from such a young age. Maybe they’re ill. But calling them terrorists and monsters or pretending it’s not happening isn’t going to change it; until we find out the why, we have to brace ourselves for more of the same or worse.

Terror has been on all our shores for a long time, worming it’s way in with weapons of: rudeness, abuse, fear, drama, partisanship, machinations, lying, scandal, rumours, corruption, manipulation, dogma, bullying, inequality, blame, disrespect, and all those ‘gotcha’ moments. We can change. Do not ever, ever let them tell you it can’t be done or that’s just the way it is. Expect more from our leaders and ourselves.

 We shouldn’t focus just on those who do harm, but always remember those who help, who protect, and those who do good in this world. They deserve our focus.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of those who have died; and to anyone suffering.

“My friends, love is better than anger.
Hope is better than fear.
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.
And we’ll change the world.”~Jack Layton1canada6

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29 thoughts on “Canada – Still The True North Strong and Free

      1. So glad to hear it. I hope you’re taking full advantage of mothering him, we have so few chances left. 😉
        You’re welcome, that was a painful looking foot!

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  1. aThis is one of your best blogs. I’m so sorry for the people of Canada. The world , that still believes in love, kindness, compassion, and peace, must remain interdependent. We must keep the spirits up and make sure officials do their job or lose aid job. My condolences to thefamilies of the slain.

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  2. Well done – couldn’t have expressed it better than this. Unfortunately it doesn’t take many disenfranchised/marginalized individuals to wreak havoc.
    And no matter how much we tweak things, there will always be some who’ll be receptive to twisted hateful idealogies.
    Ah crap that sounds so negative…give me the weekend to get over the shock and I’ll try again next week okay? 🙂

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    1. Thank you.
      No, I don’t think it sounds negative, I don’t think it’s a problem that will be fixed overnight or maybe even completely and I do understand about the shock, but at least you show us the beauty of the world through your camera lens and we appreciate that. 🙂
      Take care of yourself and I hope your weekend is relaxing. 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    It has been a shocking week for Canadians who have seen first hand how radicalism can appear as if without warning. In all our countries we know that radicalism exists but tend to isolate it wrongly in most cases to religious belief. Most muslims that I know are peaceful people as terrified of the violence as we all are. As with most fervour for a cause it is those that convert to radical beliefs that are the most intensely invested in the methods of spreading that ideology. My own home town of Portsmouth has seen this with several young people sloping off to join ISIS… A tragic week and our thoughts are with not just those affected by the violence but all Canadians.

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  4. Very sad news indeed and you are absolutely right that things need to change. The way our governments handle such issues also need to change. The us and them mentality isn’t going to help anyone – after all it is all of our problem now.
    Great post- refreshing to read! 🙂

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  5. I love the quote you end on, as Love, Hope, and Optimism are essential for a healthy society.
    Thank you so much for your follow, and I shall enjoy following your blog too! 🙂

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