I confess to having taken a break from the daily news the last while. I am tired of the coronavirus talk. No, I do not think the virus is a hoax, and yes, I believe it is a threat to us all.
I am tired of the constant reports, though, and just for a bit, I will think of other things.
I stopped watching about the time Black Lives Matter protests began.
In Canada, we have not only had BLM demonstrations, but here we also have an ongoing problem with the way our indigenous people view the current citizens and the way the indigenous people have been treated over the years, since the first fur traders came, and since the explorers arrived.
In this country, the wrongs and injustices are paid for, by the government, in the form of money distributed to our indigenous people, for things like land claims and the treatment they say they received in the government run residential schools.
I believe – I hope – that our black population has been respected more here, than elsewhere in the world.
I know that there is a lot of animosity towards the immigrants of today, and the refugees arriving in Canada.
I wonder, though, when does the hate and the resentment and the anger at the ”new people” arriving in the country, stop?
So, I have a couple of things I want to say.
First, for the indigenous population, the people who live in Canada today have nothing to do with the explorers, fur traders and settlers that came here and became a part of the country.
So, isn’t it time we, the descendants, can stop having to pay for the ”sins” of our fathers?
Throughout history, the urge to explore has been a fact.
How far back are we supposed to go, before the ”real” people of this country can say that ”they” are the rightful inhabitants?
I think it is very easy to fall into the trap of blaming others for everything that one dislikes about life today.
That doesn’t make it right.
We hear a very one sided story, when it comes to the way Canadians settled in this land.
There were many martyrs, thanks to the indigenous people attacking and torturing the priests who came to spread the message of God’s love.
We don’t ever talk about or hear about that today.
Injustice towards anyone, towards any group of people breaks my heart.
The things that have been reported in the USA about the treatment of black people, is horrendous.
It is wrong. No question.
I think it is time to do this.
Stop expecting money to solve the problems of history.
Stop asking for apologies for things our long dead ancestors did in Canada.
How about this?
Instead of expecting money to solve injustice, we begin a new approach.
Let’s learn to live together. Let’s respect each other.
Let’s – dare I say it – let’s Forgive.
Psychiatrists and psychologists will tell you that an important step in gaining freedom from the past is to accept and to forgive.
It is a concept that seems to have been forgotten today.
We – all of us – need to strive for inner peace. Money and possessions won’t do it.
Let’s all try to stop hating and blaming others.
We need to learn how to live in this world, in harmony with others.
Instead of placing blame, calling names and trying to rewrite the past by destroying history – defacing and tearing down statues – let’s all face the future, together, in a spirit of brotherhood.
Forgiveness does not mean anyone has to stop working for change.
It is a freeing of the spirit, so that great things may be dreamed of and accomplished.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.