I had a conversation with a friend about a well-known group of people. I don’t need to tell you which group it was – you could substitute any group you choose to. For my part I will use as a group “Australians”.
Now we all have this lovely image of Australians, sun-bronzed heroes, a hat with corks dangling around the brim, resilient, gambling, beer-swilling Aussies. Always happy to be in a scrap, ... and so it goes.
I was raised in Australia and at heart am Australian. My formative years gave me the ideas and ideals of Australians. Not so very different from Canadians, but different all the same.
In France I do not say that I am English, for my country of birth would brand me as a Perfidious Anglo from across The Channel
In France I do not say that I am Canadian, for my country of residence would brand me as one of those people who think they speak French but really speak Quebecois. Besides which, in France, Canadians are a dime a dozen.
In France I announce that I am Australian, for that makes me special. “Imagine an Australian coming all the way to stay with us in Poissy!”.
I am proud of my upbringing, and revel in being special.
So I should learn to take the slings as they come, “beer-swilling”, “Where are the corks?”, and so on.
So it has to be with any group.
If as a member of a group you lay claim to being special because of your religious rules, then just as you aspire to be treated differently because you are special, so you must accept being singled out or isolated because you are special.
If as a member of a group you lay claim to being special because of history’s malignant acts against you, then just as you aspire to be treated differently because you are special, so you must accept being singled out or isolated because you are special.
You can’t have it both ways.
You cannot, and should not, claim that you should be treated differently because you are special, and then complain that you are treated differently because you are special.
You could, of course, bite the bullet and try to blend in with the rest of us.
I really don’t get this.
There has been a hue and cry about micro-beads for a few years now.
The Canadian Government has decided to ACT NOW in implementing bans which will take effect, oh, let’s say two or three years from now.
In the name of all that is ecological, why not just bring the old jackboot down firmly right now.
It is not as if the pushers of these products haven’t seen the writing on the wall.
The studies have been going on since March 2015, that is eighteen months to get your ears down to the ground, and the government says it will get serious in another two years.
And they are not “Canadian Waters” either. Last time I looked the St Lawrence River emptied into the Atlantic Ocean.