The Next Thing to Fear

I ((#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) noticed since GOP26 that the mainstream media (MM), or the cooperate media, is ramping up the climate change narrative. I Googled ‘climate change news’ and got about 667,000,000 results. Here is a sampling of headlines that caught my attention. Canada’s CBC News says: Biden offers sympathies to people affected by B.C. floods, says Canada and U.S. in sync on climate change, and Big banks want to act on climate change — so what’s stopping them?  The Guardian has a headline: The forgotten oil ads that told us climate change was nothing, and NPR News says: Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country. Reuther’s has U.N. climate change report sounds ‘code red for humanity’, and CNN writes Senior Pentagon official warns the US military is ‘not ready’ for climate change. Then there’s The Globe and Mail’s, Morning Update: World to warm at least 2.4 C, climate analysis shows. The fear mongering MM continues its dissemination of fear with climate alarmism. Adolf Hitler once said, “Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it.” Are we being lied to? Joseph Stalin allegedly said, “The press must grow day in and day out – it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon.”

The MM creates climate hysteria by insinuating that we have little time left to save the planet. There is even a Climate clock that says humanity has just under 8 years to save the planet. In 2018, The Washington Post claimed The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say. The Guardian was more specific, saying We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN. The BBC in 2019 created alarm with its headline, Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months, as did the New York Times with the headline, Democrats Have a Year to Save the Planet. Causes climate alarmism is emotional bullying–when we’re made to feel afraid) (#bullying, #antibullying).

Authors like Bill McGuire, in his 2008 book claimed we have Seven Years to Save the Planet: The Questions and Answers, yet in 2019 ‘Uninhabitable Earth’ author said Humans Have 30 Years To Stave Off Climate Catastrophe. NRDC, (Natural Resources Defense Council), founded by a group of law students and attorneys, asserts Climate Scientists to World: We Have Only 20 Years Before There’s No Turning Back.  American politicians like “John Kerry says Earth has 9 years to avert the worst consequences of climate crisis: “There’s no faking it on this one” . So, how long does the planet have? There doesn’t seem to be agreement, yet MM and our political leaders encourage climate hysteria. My question is why? The Epoch Times answers that question saying Net-Zero Policies: Taking From the Poor and Giving to the Rich. It’s always about the money!

Now let’s set the record straight. I am not saying I don’t believe in climate change. Climate change is happening, but it is a question of whether global warming is due to natural fluctuations or due to human activities? That is the debate. The MM and our political leaders want you to believe it is due to human activities. Britannica’s procon.org lists the arguments for this debate. I used to teach about climate change, and show my students the movie, An Inconvenient Truth. This is a documentary in which Al Gore describes the problems of climate change. The truth is, I don’t know if global warming is due to natural fluctuations or if it is due to human activities. I would need to do a lot more research. The more I learn, though, the more I realize I don’t know, and the more confused I become. Euripides, a Greek writer said in the 400s BC, “Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.” That is where I am at. In fact, American psychiatrist, M. Scott Peck, says, “The path to holiness lies through questioning everything,” so I am a truth seeker who is on the path to holiness.

Like the COVID narrative that we have been hearing about for almost 2 years, I am noticing more and more doom-laden headlines and articles, and some are just plain absurd. Nancy Pelosi said at the GOP26 climate summit that “Eighty percent of people displaced by climate change globally are women.” Does that mean climate change affects mainly women? The Independent article, How long to save the planet from climate catastrophe? This clock is ticking down states the clock reveals little time left to tackle the climate crisis before the planet is past a tipping point, specifically saying 7 years, 98 days, 15 hours… and counting. Can anyone predict that precisely when we are allegedly doomed? I doubt it.  Another article claims Climate change may increase congenital heart defects. How could they possibly blame the most common birth defect on climate change? I know from teaching biology that there are many variables that can cause birth defects. One of my favourites is the Smithsonian magazine article: Could Climate Change Mean Less Sex and Fewer Babies? It seems climate change may affect our sex lives. Countless variables can affect sex lives. The most ridiculous article I’ve seen so far is the one titled: B.C. doctor diagnoses patient with ‘climate change’ You can’t make this stuff up.  An emergency doctor at Kootenay Lake Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, attributed a patient’s illness to climate change. No one, including doctors, can make such a comprehensive claim.

Even some of the MM is questioning the climate change narrative as in the Sun’s Douglas Murray (UK edition) opinion piece COP26’s a vanity project for the global elite and eco-alarmist kids who’ve never paid a tax bill, calling it a “yawnathon green gabfest.” Many claim climate alarmism is another way to keep the masses fearful,  like Conrad Black: Unfettered climate alarmism on full display at COP26 — National Post, also part of MM and Doomsday climate change predictions promote fear and anxiety. Some believe The CBC has become a woke climate alarmist rag,   and some are even Debunking the climate hysteria from the United Nations with Tom Harris. American cognitive scientist, Noam Chomsky says, “The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.” Now we can add fear of climate to his list, and let’s not forget fear of COVID.

Canada’s prime minister is a climate alarmist as shown in the article, Trudeau’s climate advisor says climate action not “going fast enough”.  Calgary City Council officially declares ‘CLIMATE EMERGENCY’ in the city, implying Canada has a climate crisis.  MM’s Globe and Mail alarms people with After a year of disasters, it’s urgent that we address Canada’s climate-caused water crisis. Independent Media, True North News, argues Canada does not have a climate crisis. I find it interesting that MM promotes climate hysteria while independent news refutes it. At least those looking at independent media get another side of the narrative.

Conrad Black said in the National Post that Unfettered climate alarmism on full display at COP26. I would to have agree since the hypocritical world’s leaders who attended it partied on Fuel-guzzling cruise ship hosts 3,000 global leaders at COP26, Glasgow locals, attendees complained of COP26 delegates leaving their cars idling, and Over 400 Private Jets Flew to Glasgow to “Save the Climate,” with leaders defending their flights. The 120 saviours of the planet (world leaders) are hypocrites who put on a show. The Epoch Times says COP 26: It’s Time for the Make-Believe to Stop and Andrew Lawton of True North News calls the conference a COP26 cop-out. Conrad Black in the MM’s, National Post, talks about The ghastly charade in Glasgow and the West’s self-flagellation over the climate writing “Glasgow was as inconsequential as the Paris, Copenhagen and Kyoto conferences that preceded it,” and “a colossal scam most of the climate fear campaign is.” It is difficult for me to become alarmed by climate change when our leaders don’t take it seriously.

The New York Times’s recent headline Vancouver Is Marooned by Flooding and Besieged Again by Climate Change , like most MM, creates climate alarmism. I find it interesting that the Vancouver Sun in its 2016 article This Week In History: 1913 — Series of storms dump a biblical amount of rain, sleet and snow on U.S. and its 2021 article This Week in History: 1894 & 1948 The Fraser Valley is inundated in a great flood admits that major flooding in BC is nothing new, since massive floods have occurred as far back as 1894, probably even before that. These historic floods occurred during times when climate change and global warming were unknown terms. Here is a video of the 1948 great flood with images that look remarkably like the images media shows today.

I once was alarmed because of the global warming and climate change narrative, even teaching my students about the urgency to make changes. Now, since it’s namely the MM corporate media promoting climate hysteria, I am reconsidering my views. As Euripides said, “Question everything.” That is what I am doing. Just because the MM said it, doesn’t mean it is truth. I will do my own thinking and research on the topic.

Government of the People, by the People, for the People

The words in the title were spoken by the 16th US president, Abraham Lincoln , during the Gettysburg Address where he honoured soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Lincoln said these sacrifices were in order “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” These words apply to all soldiers that died for freedom and democracy.

Growing up, I (#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) heard my dad say many times, “politicians are crooks.” I never really understood what he meant until later when I would see politicians make promises during election campaigns and then break them when elected, making most politicians liars. Ironically, the Guardian has a 19-year-old article titled, Politicians are ‘crooks and liars’ says BBC research. I see government corruption being revealed daily. Now I understand my dad’s words.

Constitutions are important documents which dictate how we are governed. I admire the US constitution because it begins with “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” suggesting their constitution is ‘of the people, by the people, for the people.’ For Canada, that is not the case. The people are virtually absent from the Canadian Constitution, as it opens with a formal “Whereas the provinces have expressed the desire to be federally united into one Dominion” (see BNA Act).

Canada’s constitution isn’t working and this is likely true for many countries. This is obvious by how hypocritical, corrupt and untrustworthy governments are, especially Canada’s government. I’m not the only one saying so. One in six Canadians don’t trust information from the government and Nearly half of Canadians want political system completely reformed: Pew Research. Yet mainstream media, or MM, like CTV News claim Unlike U.S. neighbours, most Canadians content with state of their democracy: survey and the National Post who assert Canadians love their democracy (but hate their politicians). With no faith in MM, I take these Legacy Media articles with a ‘grain of salt.’ Canada’s democracy needs fixing.

Let’s start with Canada’s prime minister (PM). The article, Is Justin Trudeau Placing Democracy On Permanent Vacation? reports that our PM is impeding democracy by delaying parliament. The Toronto Sun published a commentary saying, “By the time MPs return it will have been six months since Canada’s Parliament last met.” How is this democracy?

In the video, Have we learned nothing from history? Ezra Lavant gives his thoughts on some of recent political manoeuvres made to seize greater control over Canada’s parliament. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said; “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” When discrimination and segregation of Canadians is endorsed by governments, we’re being oppressed. When inalienable human rights are taken away by governments, we’re being oppressed. This is government bullying (#bullying, #antibullying), or shall I say tyranny.

Canada’s democracy is broken, and the article: Is A Canada Where Public Opinion Has No Meaning A True Democracy? outlines many reasons why. As long as politicians are forced to vote along political party lines, and no free votes are allowed, our democracy is not a true democracy. We live with the illusion it is. The Toronto Sun’s commentary talks about The uninspiring sameness of Canada’s political parties, which means we think we have choices, but really we don’t.

In Canada, the federal government makes equalization payments to provincial governments to help address fiscal disparities among Canadian provinces. My province, Alberta, has always felt this equalization program is unfair, especially when Alberta’s economy has suffered in recent years, yet we receive nothing. In fact, Majority of Canadians believe equalization is unfair to Alberta: poll, and  66% of Canadians think equalization unfairly disadvantages Alberta. A referendum was held in October on this topic and 61.7% of Alberta referendum voters opt to remove equalization from constitution. Yet, Trudeau slams Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for his ‘incredibly political’ referendum on equalization and Quebec’s Bloc Québécois leader scoffs at Alberta’s equalization referendum. Even MM’s National post has the opinion that Jason Kenney’s equalization referendum shows Canada doesn’t work. I couldn’t agree more. Our constitutional system is flawed.

Alberta’s Premier called Trudeau and Guilbeault, “radical green left” hypocrite, out for “gross hypocrisy” after they repeatedly shut down efforts to shift towards nuclear energy – a safe alternative to fossil fuels identified by experts around the world.  CTV News says ‘Stop kicking us while we’re down’: Alberta premier has harsh words for politicians who say oil industry is dead. If the Canadian federation worked the way it was intended, the PM and all provinces would work together for the benefit of all Canadians. I wonder if Trudeau even knew that  Foreign Interests spent billions to wage war against Alberta’s oil industry. The Canadian federation is broken.

In Canada, to run for political office, you must be a Canadian citizen and be at least 18 years old on election day. Yet, many potential candidates are rejected by political parties, as the articles, Disqualified Conservative Yukon candidate Jonas Smith to run as independent and Conservative pundit Aaron Gunn barred from running for BC Liberal leadership reveal. Even those accepted by a political party are tossed out when they speak freely as in Former CPC candidate for Yukon goes indie after dismissal for COVID passport views.  How can you call this democracy when free thinking is forbidden?

Then there is the hypocrisy of politicians. The National Post’s article, Trudeau’s Tofino romp exposed him as a hypocrite in the eyes of the public, questions Trudeau’s credibility after he proclaimed a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation which is a day for reflection on how the Indigenous people were treated. Trudeau vacationed on that day, instead of participating in ceremonies, which is hypocrisy at its finest. Even the people who protect the PM are threatening to quit as Trudeau’s sniper detail blasts PM over vaccine mandate, saying they no longer wish to protect a tyrannical leader. Even though Canada had an election in September, this explains why letters in the Calgary Sun say it’s  ‘Time to take Trudeau to the polls again’.  Our PM is no leader, he is a hypocrite! As Suneeta Pandey says, “A good leader will unite and lead, a bad leader will divide and rule.”

Canada’s government refuses to raise Canadian flag so it can be lowered for Remembrance Day. Most Canadians have long forgotten why flags are at half-mast. At federal buildings in Canada, our flag has been flying at half-mast since May 30 when Trudeau issued the order after unmarked graves were found on former residential school sites. Remembrance Day tradition dictates that flags ceremonially be lowered to half-mast. The PM wants Canadians to believe he cares about Indigenous people, but clearly he doesn’t when Trudeau files last-ditch appeal against billions for Indigenous children, after a tribunal ordered the Canadian government to pay compensation to indigenous children who suffered discrimination in welfare system.

Then there’s the hypocrisy of the world’s leaders attending COP26, a Climate Change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The world’s leaders partied on Fuel-guzzling cruise ship hosts 3,000 global leaders at COP26 and Over 400 Private Jets Flew to Glasgow to “Save the Climate,” yet these leaders defended their flights. Then we hear of Glasgow locals, attendees complaining of COP26 delegates leaving their cars idling. It is obvious to me that the 120 world leaders portraying themselves as the planet’s saviours are hypocrites. This “show” costs Canadians financially as Canada sent most delegates to COP26 out of G7 nations and Liberals won’t reveal cost of 300 officials and aides attending COP26. Plus, leaders are not talking about the world’s pressing issues, such as struggling economies, unemployment, or the alleged pandemic. Instead, World leaders fear-monger over climate change while ignoring the real issues. Watch some world leaders at COP26 remove their masks after a photo (COP26 hypocrites). On a side note, a Former Canadian provincial premier calls out the world’s leaders for COVID tyranny, saying ‘End Game’ Is A Global ‘Reset’.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister admits she is creating a two-tier society between vaccinated and unvaccinated revealed in  COVID Tyrant: Yes We Want a Two-Class System. The article, Big Pharma payola scandal erupts in Australia, takes down six corrupt officials and Australian Premier Berejiklian reports that Australian premier and staff members of New South Wales, resigned in shame over their involvement in a massive Covid-19 bribery scheme. Watch the video, NZ PM ends her press conference, where New Zealand’s leader walks out on a news conference when asked an unapproved question from an Independent News agency. I ask you: Does this sound like governments are of the People, by the People, for the People?

Former US president Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” I agree totally. When citizens are afraid of their governments, as many are today, governments are bullying. “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people,” Alan Moore proclaims.  Human Rights First Canada says, “Tyrants are not the problem. People obeying tyrants; that’s the problem.” Exactly! “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” a quote by Thomas Jefferson.  People obeying tyrants is why Canada is no longer free. I know that makes some uncomfortable, but as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”

Is Mainstream News Trustworthy?

“Fake news” refers to false or misleading information presented as news. Most people identify “fake news” with Donald Trump, as he used the term widely to challenge mass media coverage of his 2016 presidential campaign. The former president even referred to the press as “the enemy of the people.” Now I (#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) will admit, when I first heard Donald Trump use the phrase “fake news,” I didn’t understand what he meant, but I sure do now. He might be right. The press may be “the enemy of the people.”

I have become more and more disillusioned with Mainstream Media (MM), or Legacy Media, which started back in 1985 when I was involved in a teacher’s strike. Being part of the strike committee, I had inside information, yet what the media was reporting was very different from what I knew as an insider. I also know two other people who shared their experiences involving a murder, and their experience with news media. They told me that what the media reported and what they knew because of personal involvement differed greatly.  My disillusionment has only grown since.

I’m not the only one as Half of Citizens Polled Say Media Are Intentionally Deceiving Canadians. Even MM’s Toronto Sun headline:  As CBC ratings plummet, they ask for more taxpayer dollars. Independent News outlets say, the CBC is the media arm of the Liberal Party of Canada and I would have to agree. Regarding Canada’s publicly owned news media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), many Canadians question if tax dollars are well spent, as in the article CBC: Costing Canadians $1.2 billion — and for what?  In fact, there are calls to defund the CBC, with the MM’s National Post saying Erin O’Toole won the Tory leadership promising to ‘defund CBC. The Financial Post says CBC does not deserve our money. There is even a petition to defund the CBC. Clearly, Canadians are losing faith in the news, or at the very least, the CBC.

This trust is dwindling in other countries as well. In the US, Well Deserved: Americans Have the Lowest Trust in the Mainstream Media. In the United Kingdom, the BBC faces fresh calls for defunding after sending ‘despicable’ letters to elderly viewers. If news is withholding and manipulating the truth, then of course trust is lost because this is passive bullying (#bullying, #antibullying).

The concentration of ownership of media very much alarms me. In the US the Big 6 Media Companies are Comcast, Walt Disney, AT&T, ViacomCBS, Sony, and Fox. Together they control 90% of all media outlets. Surprising to me was, “Canada has the biggest concentrated TV ownership out of all the G8 countries and it comes in second place for the most concentrated television viewers,” according to Wikipedia.

In Wikipedia’s article, Concentration of media ownership, it says:

Media integrity— the ability of a media outlet to serve the public interest and democratic process—is at risk when small number of companies and individuals control the media market. Net neutrality— involves a lack of restrictions on content on the internet—is also at stake when media mergers occur.

When the MM is owned by a few individuals, or corporations, of course integrity is compromised. That’s alarming. If owners have an agenda, such as spreading fear of a virus, concentration of media ownership makes that easy. This is not just me claiming that the MM is a fear propaganda machine.  Bill Maher Asks Liberal Media to Stop “Scaring the S—” Out of People About COVID, and even politicians have as in “Stop promoting fear:” Premier Kenney takes aim at legacy media’s COVID coverage.

Another reason not to trust MM is they can be bought. Every news media who secretly took Trudeau’s $61M pre-election pay-off and Liberal government gave Canadian Press $2 million during pandemic are examples. Trudeau even admits he did in the video, Well now! Nothing like outright admitting that you bought the media! Check it out. This editorial claims Secret Liberal Government Payments To Media Subvert Democracy – Spencer Fernando. If media can be bought, of course they threaten democracy. How can media have integrity when they are bought off?

The most convincing reason for me not to trust MM is the numerous times media outlets have been caught outright lying to us, or at the very least manipulating a story to get viewers or readers to think a certain way—mind manipulation if you will. A recent example is CBC uses mannequin instead of patient to show crowded ICU..  The articles CBC admits they used mannequin in COVID propaganda,, The CBC was forced to admit that they engaged in fake news, and CBC apologizes for using fake patients and training facility in COVID-19 story all confirm the story. Even the National Post says, ‘Error in judgement’: CBC Edmonton regrets mannequin’s use in COVID-19 news report. This was more than an error in judgement. This was deliberately done to mislead people making it fake news as True North’s Candice Malcolm says, The CBC was forced to admit that they engaged in fake news.

There are many other examples, and not just in Canada. A LEAKED VIDEO: Daily Mail Australia caught manufacturing fake news and WATCH: Police bodycam proves the mainstream media was HIDING the truth. In the US “They’re Lying at Your Network” – CNN Correspondent Confronted During Interview. Another example involving CNN is CNN Attempts Damage Control After Being Humiliated by Joe Rogan, a podcaster who blasted CNN for lying about ivermectin. In the United Kingdom, The silence from BBC News, Sky News, & GB News is deafening after hundreds of thousands of people marched for your Freedom on June 26thGermany’s Largest Newspaper BILD Apologises for Harming Society Over its Coverage of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The list goes on.

Here are more examples from Canada. In a heavily slanted article by CBC News during Canada’s recent election, reporting on Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole’s views on mandatory vaccinations for federal workers, the CBC failed to mention that the Liberals held the exact same position when it comes to vaccine mandates. (see CBC bashes Conservatives). The story, Big sister of dead child used in COVID propaganda speaks out against media and government, is a story about the sister of the boy who died calling out the media and government for lying.  In this article, Levy points out the Shameful double standard in how police, politicians and the media cover terror attacks. Showing more skewed reporting is Cuban protesters call for end of Communist regime (and mainstream media lies about it), and Global News journo caught in fake news lie over Trudeau’s blocked campaign bus. Another article tells how Legacy media largely ignored Trudeau’s “monetary policy” gaffe. Then there’s the story of a journalist whose show was cancelled for raising concerns about ethical standards in media today (see Lacey Lee Elliott: TV host cancelled after vid on NOT trusting the media). MM constantly tells us to “trust the experts” when it comes to COVID-19, but what the media doesn’t tell us is sometimes the health experts turn out to be partisan politicians and/or political donors.  This was  revealed in How can we trust “experts” when they moonlight as political activists? The “icing on the cake” is a SUPERSPREADER COVER-UP: CBC hides internal outbreak from public.

I have to wonder why governments—specifically Justin Trudeau—try to suppress independent media as in the story, Team Trudeau cuts our mic — Terry Guillon RETURNS to bully Rebel News! Could it be that independent media tells more truth? The truth is, Canadians can’t rely on the legacy media to report the truth.

I trust independent media more than the MM. If you read my blogs regularly, you know that. Yet, I still get many people refuting my arguments citing MM news articles. That won’t convince me for reasons clearly outlined above. If you wish to contest something I say, you’ll have to use other sources. Am I saying that independent media is unbiased? No, of course they have their biases, since MM labels them conservative. What baffles me is those who rely on MM for their information, yet never question that the MM might be biased or even lying to us. These people are quick to tell me that the sources I use are prejudiced or biased. Is news from MM fake? The evidence is there.

I’ll end with some food for thought.

The greatest weapon is not a gun or a bomb. It is the control of information. To control the world’s information is to manipulate all the minds that consume it.

Unknown

When Disconnected, We Fall

As I (#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) watch the world around me become more divided—something I wrote about in my last blog, United We Stand, Divided We Fall—I become more and more disheartened and saddened. I ask why is this division happening, and American singer and songwriter, David Draiman, provides an answer that makes sense to me. He said, “People who are divided are easier to control.”

The world is moving backwards, and I no longer recognize the country I grew up in. I now live in a country that is medically segregated and is a country where discrimination is accepted as “normal” with the vaccine passports (see Across Canada and Alberta will keep COVID-19 vaccine passport). In Canada, like other countries, the vaccinated are allowed some freedoms, such as eating in restaurants, but the unvaccinated cannot. Businesses are threatened with exorbitant fines if they do not enforce the passports.

Presently Canada, like other nations, is no different than when racial segregation was rule in the United States, a policy that ended in the 1960s. African Americans experienced segregation of facilities, services, and opportunities such as housing, medical care, education, employment, and transportation. Americans of African descent were forced to use separate washrooms and separate water fountains. Segregation was a legally or socially enforced separation based on skin colour.

The acceptance of vaccine passports is no different than South Africa’s policy of apartheid from 1948 to 1994, a policy of segregation and political, social, and economic discrimination against the nonwhite majority in the Republic of South Africa. It is no different than the way Jews were discriminated against under Nazi rule in Germany. In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of their citizenship, and at the beginning of WWII, the Jewish people were forced to wear the yellow star, inscribed with the word “Jude” (“Jew” in German), as a way to identifying them.

I thought humanity learned from the past, but now in 2021 we are facing a segregated society where hatred is directed towards a certain group of people. This hatred is directed at the unvaccinated; those who have a constitutionally guaranteed right to decide what happens to their bodies, but those rights are being ignored by authorities. We live in a deeply divided country as shown by the Angus Reid Institute who released a report showing growing polarization between Canada’s vaccinated and unvaccinated populations. Segregation and discrimination is amplified by the Mainstream media, as shown in this CTV article, The pandemic is ‘spiraling out of control’ due to unvaccinated people. Vaccine passports are being accepted, like the yellow star, to distinguish the vaccinated from the unvaccinated. Segregation promotes hatred and bullying (#bullying, #antibullying), and diminishes compassion and respect. My wife and I know lots of people who are being cornered daily, and bullied because they chose not to be vaccinated, rather than blindly following authorities. Segregation and discrimination can never be justified!

Martin Luther King, Jr once said:

Segregation…not only harms one physically but injures one spiritually…It scars the soul…It is a system which forever stares the segregated in the face, saying ‘You are less than…”You are not equal to…’

King also said:

To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right.

People appear to be accepting the injustice of segregation passively. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Did Mr. Franklin suggest that safety is an illusion?

Is safety an illusion? Psychology Today’s article, Security is an Illusion, says:

One must come to grips with security being illusory, or at best only temporary. One can enjoy the sense of security, while at the same time keeping in mind that it is an illusion, that the world is chaotic, and that at any time that sense of security may be stripped away.

Is willingly giving up freedom for safety a good idea? Should safety exceed human rights? The truth is, we all want to feel safe, but at what cost? Should civil liberties be given up to feel safe? Should governments have control over what people do with their bodies? Or stop people from travelling freely? Are you willing to live in a police state, or worse under martial law, where the government can deny civil liberties under the banner of keeping you “healthy”?

Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” The freedom to choose what enters our bodies is no longer respected as an individual freedom since the vaccine passports severely diminish freedoms for those who wish to control what happens to their bodies.

Woodrow Wilson said, “Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.” Are governments, health officials and news media motivated to keep us safe, or do they have an ulterior motive? All I know is something feels terribly wrong. I will always side with those who stood for freedom, even when they felt unsafe, like Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Ana Monnar, founder of Readers Are Leaders U.S.A. says, “Treat other people’s home as you want them to respect yours because what goes around comes around.” The phrase, “what goes around comes around” means that people’s actions ultimately have consequences. What Monnar is really referring to is the Law of Karma or Law of Cause and Effect, a law that says, whatever one puts out into the Universe will come back to them. I can’t help but wonder what will come back to those who embraced segregation and division by passively accepting vaccine passports. The Law of Karma is why there is a Golden Rule, which is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or as it says in Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31 of the Christian scriptures, “All things… that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.” Everything you do, affects everyone else.

The worldview of many Indigenous Peoples contains the principle of connectivity which says everything in the universe is connected. Connectivity explains the connection people have to their communities, their traditional territories, and the land (source: Indigenous connectivity). This is a view of oneness, meaning, we are all one.

Spiritualists often talk about the Law of One. Wikipedia describes this law:

Simply put, the Law of One is the Universal Truth that All Is One. It is the Truth taught by Christ when he proclaimed, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” We are all direct expressions of the One Source God Source. 

Based on the Ra Material, ‘The Law of One’ states that there is only one, and that one is the Infinite Creator (source: Law of One). As the Indigenous people and spiritualists say ‘everything in the universe is connected,’ so anything you do has an effect—either good or bad—on all others. Perhaps this is what Einstein was saying when he said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Some would call the energy that Einstein refers to as ‘source energy.” In the article, Seeking Source Energy: In Search of Lost Connectivity, it says

We can call this source energy a spirit, God, a higher power, or the universe, but it is definitely an enlivening current we can feel in our bones. Some may experience it as a vibration, some as stillness, others as a presence. Still others may simply feel totally awake and connected. 

The point I’m making is we are all connected and therefore what we do affects all others. My last post was titled, United We Stand, Divided We Fall, but now I prefer to use what American author and speaker, Jason Shurka, says, “Divided we fall… United we FLY!” When there is disconnection through segregation and discrimination, we fall. When we’re connected through respect, tolerance, and love, we achieve peace and harmony.

J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, says, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” Right now, our world is very divided, segregated, and riddled with discrimination, making humanity weak. Unless humankind can find a way to unite, we will fall.

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

I (#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) recently read an article that asked the question: What ever happened to “agree to disagree?” It feels like that  is no longer an option. You are either for or against. I’ve never seen the world so divided. I’ve never seen my country so divided. I’ve never seen my province so divided. I’ve never seen my community so divided. I’m retired, but my wife still works, and she has never seen her work place so divided. Never have I seen families, including mine, so divided.

We are at a crossroads! Either we continue down the path we’ve been on for almost two years, a path of divide and conquer, or we can unite in our diversity of opinions and get out of this mess. Whether you are for or against vaccines, it doesn’t matter. When human rights and freedoms are threatened, we have a reason to unite. The way I see it—there will be those that will see it differently—is we are in a fight to be free and sovereign, to be free to choose what is right for our bodies, to have the freedom to be a free thinker, and to be free to disagree with the majority view. The following video says it much more eloquently than I can.

The words of the speaker that resonated most with me were:

“We do have an enemy, but it’s not your co-worker, it’s not your neighbour, or your family member. It is fear. Fear makes cowards of us all. Fear will always drive you to make the wrong decision. Fear blocks our ability to take in and disseminate information effectively. Fear can push us to act in ways we later regret. Fear can paralyze a nation and bring us to our knees in a way like no other….fear is the true foe.”

The inconvenient truth is it is fear that is dividing us. We are being manipulated and indoctrinated by our politicians, our health officials, and the mainstream or Legacy media with propaganda to keep us divided and in fear. That is bullying (#antibullying, #bullying). When divided, we are distracted from what is really going on. Whenever there’s a big story in the media, look for the story they’re trying to distract you from.  As Paulo Coelho, in The Devil and Miss Prym, says “If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.” We are being indoctrinated to hate the unvaccinated, just as the Nazis were indoctrinated to hate the Jews. Adolf Hitler, in 1926, did say: “The only stable emotion is hate.” 

I always told my students “that your opinion means nothing unless you can support it,” so here is mine.  Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau says he’s only interested in protecting the freedoms of “those who did the right thing”— and not those “who are risking us all going into further lockdowns.” In another video, he threatens unvaccinated Canadians with medical segregation. Where is the freedom of choice when our leaders decide what is the right thing? Even Legacy Media, the Toronto Sun, says Trudeau, not Kenney, is dividing Canadians, and politicians such as O’Toole says Trudeau ‘dividing the country.’  Trudeau is intentionally promoting hate toward the unvaccinated.

CTV News reports Alberta’s premier, Jason Kenney, stated that due to the escalating COVID-19 situation, which he described as a “crisis of the unvaccinated,” the province would enter into a proof of vaccination program. He too is promoting hate toward the unvaccinated. Kenney goes on to say, “I do not say this to stigmatize people, but we all need to understand that the decision not to get vaccinated is not just a personal choice, it has real consequences for our whole society and for our ability of our hospitals to cope.” That folks, is fear mongering.

Mainstream Media also promotes hatred toward the unvaccinated as in this Global News article, B.C. is in a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ latest modelling numbers show.

The Top medical authority in Alberta says, Unvaccinated Albertans are majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, according to Legacy Media’s CTV News. She too is creating hatred towards the unvaccinated. What’s interesting is there is little reporting by the Legacy media that Israel is struggling with COVID-19, despite high vaccination rates. What lessons can Australia learn? Is it really “a crisis of the unvaccinated? Or, Are we being manipulated and lied to? Rick Warren says, “a lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it is accepted by a majority.”

The media, governments and health officials are all trying to indoctrinate people to believe the unvaccinated are a threat to the vaccinated. If we are only being told one perspective, or one narrative, then we are being manipulated and controlled. It is not the responsibility of the unvaccinated to protect the vaccinated. That is the vaccines job!

There will be those who will say I’m negative, and call me a Conspiracy Theorist but I prefer the term prophet. A Conspiracy Theorist is the term used to discredit someone who speaks about things people can’t bare to look at because if it were true, it would reveal a darkness in the world that some people are simply not ready to accept.  There will be those who agree government laws are necessary for safety. There are those that say it is necessary to give up our human rights to be safe; that personal choices of others are selfish and need to be regulated. Perhaps selfish is expecting others to surrender their liberties so you can enjoy a false sense of security. I ask you: How many rights are you willing to give up to feel safe? It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Thomas Jefferson once said, “He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them.” But it was Bob Marley who said, “Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

Someone reminded me that the Holocaust was legal and people who hid the Jews were criminals. Slavery was legal and people who freed slaves were criminals. Segregation was legal and people who stood up for equality and justice were criminals. Now vaccine mandates and passports are said to be legal—they’re not because of the Nuremberg Code and the many Human Rights Acts—and those who disagree are said to be the crazy conspiracy theorists and criminals. Our government and laws are not a guide to human decency and morality!

The phrase “United we stand, divided we fall” can be traced back to Aesop.  J.K. Rowling in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ wrote, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”  The simple truth is, as Richard Twiss says, “You can’t have unity without diversity.” It is time to choose! Do you want to live in a world of segregation and hate? Or, Do you want to live in a world that is united despite the diversity of opinions? Kofi Annan once said, “We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race,” or as John F. Kennedy once said, “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” Kennedy also said, “The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.” Are you willing to live in a world where some individuals are coerced and forced to take a vaccine to keep our jobs, and where we have to show a card to be identified has one of the vaccinated to eat at a restaurant, to shop, or to travel? I don’t. If you do, then you choose a world where we are no longer free. What kind of world do you wish to live in? When Robert Adams said, “There is only one decision you need to make: You are either working at your Freedom or you are accepting your bondage.” That is where humanity is at. What is your choice?

The truth is that humanity is at a crossroads. It does not matter what country you live in, the colour of your skin, or what your beliefs are. This is about whether we want to live in a free world or an enslaved world. This is why freedom rallies, comprised of both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, are erupting around the world as reported—rarely by the Legacy Media—in Tens of thousands take to the streets in “World Wide Rally For Freedom”. This was the fourth round of world wide freedom rallies. The “fake news” (Mainstream Media), if they do report on such events, claim these rallies are just violent anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers as in Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270, but that is a whole other blog.

Are We Playing Simon Says?

You probably noticed I’ve (#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) taken a break from blogging, instead, spending time in nature, camping with my wife and occasionally with some of my children. It was my way to disconnect from all the craziness in this world of ours. I’m sure you’ll agree, sometimes we need a break.

Coming back to reality, I see the craziness continues. It feels like I’m in a game of ‘Simon Says,’ a game I played as a kid. If you are unfamiliar with the game, it is a children’s game where one player takes the role of “Simon” and issues instructions to the other players, which should be followed only when prefaced with the phrase “Simon says.” Players are eliminated from the game by either following instructions that are not immediately preceded by the phrase, or by failing to follow an instruction which does include the phrase “Simon says.” It teaches the ability to distinguish between genuine and fake commands. The object for the player acting as Simon is to get all the other players out as quickly as possible; the winner of the game is usually the last player who has successfully followed all commands.

Simon—really, I mean the government, health professionals, and legacy(mainstream) media—says Covid cases are rising, no, Covid cases are dropping, stay indoors, wear a mask, wear two masks, only 10 can gather outside, no, now Simon says 20 can. Stay 6 feet or 2 metres apart, but only when you’re not wearing a mask.  Wear a mask outdoors, no, you’re safe outdoors without a mask since Covid doesn’t spread easily outdoors, masks work, masks don’t work, vaccinations protect you, vaccinations may not protect you, unvaccinated are spreading virus, no, the vaccinated are spreading virus. As in the game, the directives and narratives are constantly changing.

Let me tell you what I see happening these days. The narrative has been (or shall we say Simon says) get vaccinated as the Unvaccinated People Are Increasing the Chances for More Coronavirus Variants and Unvaccinated Albertans are majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths: Hinshaw, Alberta’s designated top doctor. But then Simon says (narrative changes) as Fauci: Amount of Virus in COVID-19 Breakthrough Delta Cases ‘Almost Identical’ to Unvaccinated. Now Simon says Vaccinated people spreading Delta variant just as quickly as the unvaccinated: Leaked CDC document. Now that’s a 180 degree turn. Simon says this is partly based on a CDC study shows 74% of people infected in Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated. I am so confused. I always taught in my biology classes that vaccinations artificially made people immune to the virus because it induced the production of antibodies. Do the shots protect us or not? Seems not since the PHE released a report revealing 62% of alleged Covid deaths are people who’ve been vaccinated. Are Covid vaccines effective? I have to wonder since Simon is now saying  Covid Delta variant: Two vaccine shots may be ineffective, booster shots needed [details].

Simon says  COVID Vaccines Aren’t Dangerous, but then he says, FDA Approval Of Pfizer COVID Vaccine Does Not Mean It’s ‘Safe’, Liberty Counsel Says. Simon even says there are Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. Even serious ones as Simon says, CDC Finds More Cases of Heart Inflammation Than Expected in Vaccinated Young Males. Simon even says the COVID Vaccine Injury Reports Jump by 27,000 in One Week, FDA Pulls ‘Bait and Switch’ With Pfizer Vaccine Approval. Do Covid shots work? I cannot listen to Simon anymore when he contradicts himself.

Now Simon says our children should be jabbed as Alberta schools to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics this fall. Why would Simon say that? when the Majority of COVID-19 victims were very old and had serious health problems: StatsCan. Even the CDC says 0.04% of COVID-19 Deaths Are in Children 17 and Under. That means youth (17 and under) have a survival rate of 99.96%. Nova Scotia releases COVID comorbidity stats also say this. Why would Simon say our youth need the shot? Seems to me they have natural protection. Yet, PA Push For Kids To Get Vaccine Without Parental Consent Advances. Why would Simon say such things? Is Simon trying to confuse us? Is Simon up to something?

What about Travel? Simon says you can travel if vaccinated as Trudeau doubles down on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for domestic travel, but then Mixed vaccines could keep British Columbians from cruise travel. But if you traveling over the southern border in the US, Simon says it’s okay, even though there is a  900% Increase In Migrants Coming Over Border Testing Positive For Covid. Simon is so confusing.

Simon first told us the PCR Tests: Gold Standard in Fighting COVID-19, but now Simon says The CDC Is Withdrawing Its Original PCR Test for COVID—Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing. In other words, the CDC Revokes Emergency Use Authorization To RT-PCR For COVID-19 Testing. The CDC now says that many of the COVID-19 cases this past year could NOT be distinguished from “flu cases.” That explains why flu cases in Alberta decreased to zero in 2020. If the PCR is the gold standard, as Simon says, then why does Simon sometimes say Up to 90% of PCR Tests for COVID-19 May Be False Positives. Plus the inventor of the PCR test said that the PCR test was not made to detect any type of infectious disease (see Never Said). Simon changes his mind a lot.

Now Simon says New Zealand Locks Down After Single Suspected Covid Variant Case, but then says Despite ‘Delta’ Alarmism, COVID-19 Deaths Hit 16-Month Low and 35,000 Americans Getting Symptomatic COVID-19 a Week Despite Being Vaccinated: CDC. Simon is so puzzling. In the US McConnell hints at LOCKDOWNS if more Americans don’t get vaccinated, but then Fauci predicts US will not return to lockdowns despite Delta variant risks. Do lockdowns work or not? If this is the forth wave of Covid, then clearly they aren’t working (What will Canada’s 4th COVID-19 wave look like? Here’s what the experts, data say). Furthermore, why would Simon promote more lockdowns when Lockdowns killed more Canadians under 65 than COVID-19: Statscan? The Use of fentanyl, cannabis and methamphetamines in Canada skyrocketed during pandemic: report tells me that lockdowns do more harm than good, since more people die from the lockdowns than the virus.

What about masks? What does Simon say about that? Canada’s top doc encourages Manitobans to keep masks on, and Wear a mask during sex, skip kissing, Canada’s top doctor suggests. So, More Winnipeg school divisions mandate masks, vaccines. Then Simon says masks are needed outside as Joe Biden tells parents to make their children wear masks OUTSIDE to keep them safe from COVID, then Simon says, Penn State AD says no masks will be required for outdoor seating at Beaver Stadium. Make up your mind, Simon! Curbing Covid Spread Requires Wearing Masks, Fauci Says, but then Simon says, CDC: Students Wearing Masks No Longer Need Quarantine, Even if ‘Close Contact’. Then Simon confuses me more, saying FINALLY a Clinical Trial on Facemasks in Children – Parents Take Note! saying masks harm children.

When Covid started, Simon said Here’s how scientists know the coronavirus came from bats and wasn’t made in a lab, and No evidence of novel coronavirus originating from a laboratory. Then Simon changes his mind, and says, BOMBSHELL: House Committee finds COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan lab. Then he says something disturbing, saying Coronavirus is a Biological Warfare Weapon. Simon, you are scaring me.

It’s not just me who is confused by Simon. WATCH: Police officer vents his frustration at inconsistent Covid rules and Confused on COVID rules? You’re not alone. As a kid, when I was tired of playing a game, I simply quit playing the game. I am tired of playing Simon’s Covid game. So, I quit. The truth is, I quit listening to Simon (government leaders, health officials, and Legacy or Mainstream Media) long ago. I would rather trust my own thinking, and not Simon’s. His directives are just too damn mystifying. Plus, I have to wonder if Simon is a tyrant as Why the Silence in the Face of Covid Tyranny? – AIER. Tyrants are cruel, unreasonable, and like to use power or control. Simon, are you just being a bully (#antibullying, #bullying)? Are you a tyrant?

There is Something Wrong in Canada

Former Residential School in Alberta, Canada

In early June, News from Kamloops shook Canada when the remains of 215 children on a former residential school site in Kamloops, British Columbia (BC) were found. A week later, 751 unmarked graves at a former Saskatchewan residential school were located. The Marieval Indian Residential School site was operated by the Roman Catholic Church from 1899 to 1997 (source BBC). On June 30th, once again, First Nations in Cranbrook, BC reported 182 unmarked gravesites discovered near the location of a former residential school site close to the former St. Eugene’s Mission School (source CBC). I’m sure there will be more remains discovered.

Like most Canadians, I (#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) was outraged by this news, since these deaths resulted from bullying (#bullying #antibullying) by the governments of the day and Christian churches who ran the schools, half of which were Catholic Churches. However, I was surprised by the level of anger. It seems that Canadians either forgot about the revelations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission or didn’t pay much attention to it. ­In the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, in a document titled, Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials, it was recommended that a study be done to identify the location of cemeteries and gravesites in which students were believed to be buried. The project was to collaborate with communities to identify options for commemoration, ceremony, and further community-based research. In 2009, the Commission requested the government cover the cost of this research, but the request was denied. I have to wonder, was the Canadian government trying to cover this up? The Commission revealed that there were many children buried in unmarked graves on former residential school sites.

Since the discovery of over 1000 unmarked graves, church vandalism in Canada has exploded and “suspicious” burnings of Christian (mostly Catholic) churches became widespread.  The US is experiencing similar events (see Catholic churches have been torched and vandalized in the US). From June 21 through June 26, four Catholic churches located on tribal lands in British Columbia burned to the ground. Nova Scotia RCMP report suspicious fire at Catholic church in First Nations community. An Anglican church burned on June 26, but was extinguished with minor damage. In the province of Alberta, a fire was extinguished in the early morning hours of June 28 at the Siksika Nation Catholic Church. One June 30th,  Alberta woke up to the headline, Century-old Catholic church in Morinville, Alta., destroyed by fire, a church I visited years ago. These fires appear to be intentionally set, and these attacks on churches continue. These attacks are hate-crimes directed towards the Christian community, and some even argue this is a war on Christianity (see Rebel News). I have to wonder why it took Canada’s prime minister 11 days to condemn attacks on christian churches (see Trudeau denounces church burnings, vandalism in Canada) when the October defacing of the mosque in Cold Lake, Alberta, provoked Trudeau to denounce it the next day.

Since the discovery of unmarked graves, a debate brewed in June over whether to hold Canada Day celebrations. According to the article, Cancel Canada Day: ‘Nothing to celebrate’ amid unmarked graves, many Indigenous community leaders and advocates have promoted the cancelation of celebrations, instead, asking for the day to be one to reflect on the real history of Canada and to support Indigenous people. Many communities across Canada have heeded to that call (see Timeline).

Another debate also erupted: What should Canada do about the statues that regard the very men who started the schools where these children died? Many institutions and local governments are acting to remove statues of Canada’s first prime minister, and other politicians, plus renaming streets and schools of those directly connected to Canada’s residential school program. Statues, including Religious statues, in Canada are being vandalized like the Six religious statues beheaded at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, in Sudbury, Ontario. Vandalization of Catholic churches is rampant with at least 10 Calgary churches defaced with red paint on Canada Day. Not all Indigenous leaders agree with what’s occurring since some Indigenous chiefs and leaders decry church burnings and vandalism.

The level of reaction to discoveries on former residential school sites is unprecedented. Don’t get me wrong, the reaction should be strong. It’s a collective call for justice, and a call for all Canadians to be united with Canada’s First Nations people. The question is: Does justice mean burning churches, removing statues, vandalizing, and dumping Canada’s national day?

Sheila North, the former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) says;

“These things are perpetuating the racism and perpetuating the hatred towards Indigenous people without even realizing.”

I have to agree! The ways Canadians are directing their anger is only keeping division alive. Such activities do nothing to further reconciliation. They are actions of revenge which divide us by perpetuating hatred towards Indigenous people, catholics, or some other group.

Not everyone thinks residential schools were bad. An Indigenous person once told me that she felt she benefited from residential schools. There are even some who believe residential schools were a good thing as a Priest under fire after sermon on the ‘good done’ by Catholic Church on residential schools. Personally, I fail to see how any good can come from government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. How can any good come from an estimated 150,000 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis children who were isolated from their culture, and who suffered abuses in the form of excessive physical abuse and sexual predation?

I understand the anger. I stand with the First Nations people and it saddens me the way our European ancestors treated them. There needs to be justice and reconciliation. However, Cancelling Culture—the phenomenon of “canceling” people, brands, shows, and movies due to problematic or offensive remarks, ideologies, and branding—is not the answer. In the article, What is the Cancel Culture Movement, it says:

One of the biggest problems with cancel culture is that people are quick to cancel, but never so quick to forgive…It ignores the idea that people can pay for their mistakes, and insists that we should all be perfect beings who have never – and will never – make a mistake. The problem is that humans aren’t infallible. Who hasn’t made a mistake in the past?

Our history should never be cancelled, instead, it needs to be studied so mistakes of the past are never repeated. We need to forgive past leaders for the damage their decisions caused, and right those wrongs. Statues should not be torn down, but serve as reminders of people who made mistakes. To cancel history doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

Cambridge Dictionary defines justice as “fairness in the way people  are dealt with.” Most Canadians and Americans would agree Indigenous people were treated unfairly. Canada’s prime minister is calling on the Pope to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools, and is urging Canadian Catholics to demand action from their church.  Churches should take responsibility, but why isn’t our government taking responsibility, since all residential schools were mandated by them? Did the PM forget that Pierre Trudeau, his father, was Prime Minister (PM) of Canada from 1968 to 1979, and during that time, the maintenance of residential schools were run by his government?

Yes, the Catholic church and governments need to apologize, but NOT just words. Apologies require actions to correct the wrongs done to survivors. PM Justin Trudeau promised to end all long-term boil-water advisories within five years during his 2015 campaign. If the PM really felt First Nations people were wronged, then he would keep that promise. Instead, Indigenous Services minister says Trudeau government won’t end boil-water advisories by March 2021. Actions speak louder than words Mr. PM.

Adam Soos from Rebel News says:  

Reconciliation is a vital conversation that we must have, but please, for the sake of any progress that we have made on the path towards reconciliation, do not associate these hate crimes with progress or justice for the tragedies of our history. This is not justice. This is just the start of another dark chapter in Canadian history.  

I couldn’t agree more. This must be a time to unite with our Indigenous people, to reconcile with our history, and to start acting as one people. Mahatma Gandhi says, “Relationships are based on four principles: respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation.” It is time to respect and understand First Nations people, their culture, and what they endured. It is time to accept them as equals, and appreciate Indigenous people for who they are. Let’s stop this nonsense that Canadians are inherently racist as Critical Race Theory would have us believe. This theory reasons that racism is systemic, is inherent in much of the American or Canadian way of life, and paints “white” people as racist. Racism is learned, and is designed to divide us. As I said in Does Media Mirror Culture, or Create Culture? “We humans are innately good, naturally cooperative, and instinctively altruistic.” It is time to start being who we truly are.

Does Media Mirror Culture, or Create Culture?

A commentary on media

I’ve (#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) noticed that the term ‘woke’ is being tossed around on television lately. Wokeness is a term that refers to the awareness of issues that concern social and racial justice. That is not a bad thing, but is it being taken to the extreme? Even the Toronto real estate board dropping ‘master bedroom’ term and replacing it with the word “primary.” I’ve also noticed Gender-neutral language being used in the media. This is language which avoids a bias towards a particular sex or social gender. For example, mailman is no longer “politically correct,” but mail carrier is. It got me wondering why.  Is this a way to normalize wokeness and gender-neutral language? In researching for an answer, I came across the opinion piece, The Woke Revolution Is Powered by the Elites, which argues that the woke revolution is not a grassroots movement, but instead is powered by well-connected and guilt-ridden elites. Could this be true?

I recall having a discussion in one of my classes. I asked the question: Does media (the internet, magazines, television, motion pictures, etc.) reflect the world we live in, or create the world we live in? Another way to phrase it: Does media mirror culture, or create culture? I remember it being a lively discussion, but I don’t recall if we reached a consensus.

In the article, How Do Movies Impact our Societies, it says:

The power of audiovisuals has been manifested and exploited politically, socially, and economically throughout history. Leaders such as Adolf Hitler, for example, successfully used films as propaganda tools during World War II. Facts like these show the raw power of film.

Could movies be used as propaganda tools? On debate.org, the question: Is television brainwashing us? one person says:

What is seen on TV is generally not accepted in society, but the more it’s seen, the more people begin to accept it. Often, this is done through humor or through exaggerated behaviors. As we watch these again and again, we can become desensitized to them–things like violence, swearing, and other behaviors that our grandparents would have raised their eyebrows over.

This makes sense to me. When I was a kid, you never heard swearing on a television screen. Now “F-bombs” are commonplace. Nowadays, graphic murder scenes are normal. This wasn’t the case when I was a kid. Is media desensitizing us, indoctrinating us or brainwashing us? I think so. For many years, I’ve wondered why violence, bullying (#bullying #antibullying), marital infidelity, sexual promiscuity, and selfish behaviours are so prevalent on TV and in movies. Now I realize it is to normalize it; to make people believe they’re normal human behaviours.

When I taught religious education as a teacher, I taught my students that humans were innately good, and I still think that. Humans are naturally altruistic. Psychology Today defines altruism as acting to help someone else at some cost to oneself. This is especially evident when tragedies happen as people never think twice about helping another. Most of us have heard the stories of a stranger running into a burning building to rescue someone. Teaching in a Christian school, I used the Christian scripture Colossians 3:12 to support my argument. It says; “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…

There are many science articles supporting this claim. The Scientific American article, Scientists Probe Human Nature–and Discover We Are Good, After All, sites studies carried out in 2012 which found that a human’s “first impulses are selfless and that we are predisposed to act cooperatively, to help others even when it costs us.” The article, Scientists find evidence that human beings are born with an innate desire to help others, sights studies from Harvard University saying that young children and babies are innately sociable and helpful to others. Most TV programs and movies lead us to believe that humans are selfish, yet the Greater Good Science Center has an article titled, The Compassionate Instinct that says:

Compassion and benevolence, this research suggests, are an evolved part of human nature, rooted in our brain and biology, and ready to be cultivated for the greater good.

Studies support my claim that humans are innately good, yet A 2018 new global Ipsos MORI study found that three in four people (76%) on average across 27 countries think society in their country is divided. Most of us agree, the world feels very divided, especially now. The question is: Why?

The article, Divided People Divided Politics Divided Nations: Why is the World so Divided Today? says:

Politicians always used fear and divisions in society to gain votes, there is nothing new to here…Our opinions are being shaped and divided. The cohesive fabric of the society is being torn and divided…If we allow our minds to be programmed by artificial intelligence controlled by vested interests, then it will lead to divisions and strife.

In April of this year, former NBA star Charles Barkley expounded during March Madness that political parties and elites “divide and conquer” Americans in order to “keep their grasp on money and power.” (see Barkley)

Could this be what is happening? Do elites want us divided? Are we mind controlled to be divided? “Divide and conquer” has always been used as a way of distracting and controlling the non-elites. When television and movie productions repeatedly portray humans a selfish, bullies, violent, and racist we begin to believe it. In essence, we are being indoctrinated or brainwashed to think that is normal human behaviour. The truth is the opposite! We humans are innately good, naturally cooperative, and instinctively altruistic. We know this unconsciously when we get out of our head, and move into our hearts.  Or as Albert Einstein puts it; “Don’t let your brain interfere with your heart.” Rumi says:

Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.

The late Steve Jobs once said:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs is absolutely right, especially his words; “Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”  When we follow our hearts, and not the brain—which is usually filled with indoctrination garbage or dogma—then we become loving, compassionate and benevolent, which is our human nature.  The heart is where love resides, and where our instincts or intuition reside. The bottom line is we are divided, violent, racist, selfish, bullying, because our ego is programmed or indoctrinated by media to be so. The solution is to stop filling our minds with untruths, release false beliefs, and to follow the heart where truth is!

The late English singer-songwriter, George Michael once said:

 “You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.”