Open minds

Within these pages there has been the occasional attempt at dialogue that has devolved into a written shouting match.

There have been fights about the rights of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, and there have been heated discussions about the current ruling parties of the country and province.

These fights have flowed into my conversations, but this isn’t something exclusive to my small sphere, obviously.

It’s hard not to look to our southern neighbours right now. The juggernaut which is the United States is on the brink of taking the world into nuclear war.

How did this happen?

Through conversations in person and online, through media coverage — through a lack of critical thinking.

When I look back at the people through history that I admire, I’m certainly not looking to the Trumps of the past. I admire the people who bring truth to light, peace in wartime.

I admire Ben Ferencz, a chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg Trials and a Nazi war crime investigator. I look to Lotta Hitschmanova, a Canadian who helped other countries in need.

Even to some extent, I appreciate someone like George Orwell (or Eric Blair), who wrote things that people didn’t want to say.

It’s easy to pick up a sword and fight for the winning side.

It’s hard to fight the current to build a better world, to challenge your own commonly-held values and try to understand the other side.

Published in the Town & Country, August 15, 2017