The subject is a massive understatement but, while I had a few tentative plans for a Post today… it is today after all!
Today is a day to remember. We have many historic events which should never be forgotten in the hope that they would not be repeated, but our track record is rather dismal. The huge loss of life during WWI did not prevent WWII, but that was complicated by an attempt at genocide. I seem to recall from history that Turkey tried to eliminate the Armenian population so I guess we didn’t learn from that incident either.
9/11 is also an event that we should never forget for many reasons, one being that we do not want a repetition of such a violent statement of hate…. but, to a lesser degree, acts of terrorism are still regularly reported.
We should have learned so much over the years. We should have learned that there are rebels in every culture, every religion, and rebels come in a variety of colors. We should have learned not to ostracize a specific race, religious belief or color. We should have learned that people around the world are just like us. They want to be free to live their lives in safety and comparative comfort. Why do we have difficulty in accepting that? Isn’t that exactly what we want?
Whether within our own country, or in other countries, there are always going to be individuals who will simply have their own self-focused/self-serving agenda, but we cannot take issue with a complete nation, or a spiritual belief as a result. That is not only illogical, but is contrary to the teachings of all the major religions. We really must determine how we would like to be treated, and then believe that the rest of the world is not much different.
If I was fleeing a country in a state of war, or suffering environmental conditions that were potentially deadly, it would be my priority to get my family somewhere safer at the earliest opportunity. I would like to believe that another country would open its border to us, rather than turn its back and let us potentially die!
Some have criticized the influx of immigrants into Canada for various reasons, the most common ones being “they’ll take our jobs”. This could well happen in some industrial sectors because, due to the inherent culture in a free enterprise system, some companies will try and cut costs by hiring at a lower hourly rate. That is not the fault of the Government, nor the immigrants… but is the fault of the companies involved!
There is another perspective here which, to me, is much more important. If by lowering our standard of living just a little, means that thousands of immigrants from war torn (e.g.) countries can lead a safe and happy life, isn’t it worth it? We should be celebrating that circumstances have provided us with a golden opportunity to display compassion and understanding, and use that to show the world that regardless of religious belief, harmony is the gold standard that all countries should strive for.
Let us not take anything away from remembering the death and destruction of 9/11, but let us focus (for once) on taking steps to minimize a repeat performance. Our track record of learning from such events is terrible… but we can start today, and what better way to show respect to 9/11.