I am a Canadian

I am a Canadian.  I’m proud of my country.  I am proud of our history and our attitudes.  This week unspeakable horrors were committed on Canadian soil.  Two soldiers were gunned down for no apparent reason other than the fact they were soldiers and Canadian.  Our first response as a people was horror and then sadness.  Fortunately the majority of the people did not lash out blindly.  There were a few who showed ignorance and bad judgment.  They were stopped by fellow Canadians.

I don’t hate any group of people.  I hate individuals who feel that violence is their only method of communication.  I detest those who silently condone these actions.  I pray for them and I pray that their final resting place is in hell.

There are fresh horrors happening all over the world.  What happened here on Canadian soil is new to us, but is not new to other countries.  We need solidarity.  We need to join together as a world, as a people and guard against hatred.  We need to teach our children compassion and understanding.  We are not the same.  It is our differences that make us strong.  Our cultures are different, our religions are different, our languages are different, our beliefs are different.  But one thing above all else is the same: our capacity to love.  Nurture that capacity and pass it on.  Our strength is our ability to come together as a world, as a race, the human race.  We will overcome all adversity.  And we will find love again.


16 thoughts on “I am a Canadian

  1. emilievardaman

    This is so very difficult. I know from personal experience that an attack such as you’ve experienced brings anger, fear, and the desire for retribution.
    After 9-11 in the US, there was a backlash. In some cities people were killed and mosques burned.
    Then the country as a whole did its backlash. Thousands of people have been killed and entire communities burned or blown up.
    And what has happened? More terrorists have been created. How many times can a person watch as friends and family members die and as places he loves get razed before the whisper of the terrorist begins to make some sense to him?
    Who would I become if this happened repeatedly to me?
    You are so right when you say we must nurture love and pass it on, I believe it is the only thing that will , eventually, overcome this hate,


  2. Sunshine Jansen

    Yes. I don’t know if you follow “Tattered Edge” on Blogspot, but Lelainia chose some wonderful words from poet and psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes that offer something positive to contemplate at this time of shocked/dismayed/hopeless/angry reaction:

    “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.”

    Your blog is full of small, calm acts that will ultimately tip the balance. I especially appreciate your honesty. With the exception of a few holy figures who have worked at it their whole lives, we all have to bring ourselves around from hate to love. It’s an effort but with practice it becomes second nature. Or so I tell myself, always still practicing.


    1. quiall Post author

      Your words are full of wisdom and I appreciate them I will look up that blog. Thanks for letting me know. And thank you for always being a ray of sunshine, my friend. You were well named!

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