By Letter to the Editor on June 11, 2019.
When disaster or crime happens somewhere else, are we in Canada safe? Do we tell ourselves we are special; a favoured nation, province, or family? Can we afford to be told we are different from Quebecers or Ottawa? We are taught by parents, politicians and religion to believe, not to question. Just follow the instructions, be good and be protected. Do we deny our vulnerability, to satisfy our egos? Do we eat our feelings by not talking to avoid stirring the fear?
What are the implications of following what everyone else is doing or listening to the polls? Should we just believe what politicians tell us? Are we smarter by looking down our noses at colours or immigrants?
What are the real feelings that racist comments bring up in us? Is it the old BS – “Well I’m not ____, so they aren’t talking about me?” Where are the cowboy guts to stand up and call out the yellow vests and white supremacists? Can we publicly speak up against the Nazi exclusivity and skinhead threats here in Alberta? Or, do we hang our heads and hurry away to avoid confrontation when the loudmouths push their confused ideas of “freedom of speech?”
Who are we really? What do we stand up for in Alberta? Do we allow right-wing pollies to tell us what “freedom” is for business? Who else do we reduce the value of, in teen wages, or anyone else? Am I honest about feelings when robots threaten my job? What do I feel when the chamber of commerce, IMF and World Bank tell our pollies what to do? What about Trump telling me I have to have BSE in my milk? Do I let the polls tell me how to vote, when to be an “alienated westerner?”