By Joan Janzen
Wow! It’s tough to know what to write about as we watch all the self-induced chaos going on in the world. As I endeavor to put it all into perspective, I’ll share a kindergarten teacher’s story.
She was urging a student to get down to work, when he looked up and said, “You do know that I didn’t sign up for this. My dad did it.”
And that seems to sum up the chaos, protests and marches we’re seeing take place – everyone wants to blame someone for something, rather than be responsible, mature citizens who are being part of a solution rather than being part of the problem.
And seriousy! Why are women’s marches being held in Canada? As a Canadian woman, I have more freedoms than many women throughout the world.
Brett Wilson, who you may recognize from the Canadian television show “Dragon’s Den”, said this: “We’ve got to get our own ship in order. We’ve got governing people in B.C., saying they’ll go to jail before they allow pipelines. We’ve got some sheer stupidity to deal with in Canada before we worry about the global side. We have one of the great resources on a global basis, in terms of being in a safe country that respects the rule of law, respects the dignity of women, understands the environment. And yet, Canada is importing from Saudi Arabia, which has no respect for the above. We need to get our own ship in order.”
Yet the mayhem taking place in our neighboring country has somehow filtered down into Canada. Sheryl Attkisson (host of Full Measure) has offered helpful hints for us as we watch the chaos. She advises people to be skeptical of people or media that attacks the character or integrity of those who disagree with them. The goal of such media outlets is to change your opinion and make you feel like you are outside the mainstream when you are not. She also said to watch for people who go after and attack news organizations that publish news they don’t like, people who expose the truth, representatives who actually ask tough questions and journalists who seek to report on topics no one else will address.
It’s unclear whether Hitler or Vladimir Lenin voiced this observation, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth,” but in both cases, their practical application of those words proved them to be true. A good example is the observation that smoking was once considered beneficial. In fact a sign posted in London said “For your throat’s sake, smoke”.
I guess that’s why I find the honesty of innocent little children so refreshing. For instance, when a teacher’s aide was playing a game with a second grader, the student asked her what some of her favorite things were. She said her favorite things were new shoes and clean socks.
The child said with honest eyes, “Well if you like clean socks, you’re playing with the wrong kid!” The teacher’s aide laughed until she cried and so did the child.
Nonetheless, you may have discerned that speaking the truth doesn’t necessarily bring you fame and warm, fuzzy responses from your audience. Maybe that’s how this Slovenian proverb came about that says, “Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.”
And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.