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A Changed Country

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I have been at a loss as to what to say about yesterday’s tragic shooting in Ottawa. The shooting and death of the young soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, while he stood guard at the War Memorial, will change Canada forever.

The cartoon above is by Bruce MacKinnon who is well known for his powerful art, it more than anything else hit me in a number of ways. I grieve for this young man’s family, and for the Canada of two days ago.


Oct. 27th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Your belief system is strongly a part of who you are, you can't get a belief system simply by being made to feel welcomed by a group.

But our belief system is one we develop over time, it may even change as we get older, experience, different things. The people we are talking about are adrift, they have no belief system, until wham! they are hit by something which makes them feel they are part of something big, important, they are on the winning side.

In some cases they are not even member of this special group in person, they are loners, but they believe fanatically in what they are doing.

A lot of these youths are marginalized, or disenfranchised, but that is where they need to be identified and helped, not left to there own devices if they are, the result is rarely a good one.

I think the saying 'It takes a village to raise a child' has never been needed more than it is now.

Oct. 28th, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
But our belief system is one we develop over time

I'm not so sure about that. I think that a lot of it is acquired from a young age; as in that famous Jesuit saying "Give me a child until he's seven and I'll show you the man".

I think the saying 'It takes a village to raise a child' has never been needed more than it is now.

But alas it's less likely now than it has ever been.

These days not even the child's parents raise them. It's the norm these days for babies from the age of 6 months to be put into long day care where they spend the majority of their waking hours being raised by a succession of poorly trained, poorly paid seventeen year olds.

One would have thought that Muslim families would be a stronger family unit with the majority of mothers being SAHM, and with them also having a more robust extended family and strong community ties.

If they can't help their own youth I don't see how the rest of us can.

How's "The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of science" going?

I know that I owe you a letter; I'll write soon.

Hugs you

Oct. 29th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
I would agree that some of our belief system may be formed in our early years, but think a lot of that can change over the years, I know mine has. Funnily enough that was one of the topics when the six of us got together in Scotland!

The village has expanded for sure, all the more important that those involved in the care of children and youths that they are aware when kids are different.

My two both had a number of friends who are Muslim, some mothers worked, some didn't.

We had a number of kids who stayed with us at different times for one reason or another. We were lucky in that our two were fairly open with us, no subject was off the table, but I am sure we didn't know everything. Sometimes an outsider can see the picture with more clarity.

I haven't started "The Unpersuadables" yet, but it is near the top of the list!

No rush on the mail:)

*hugs you back*