MAN I’m jealous of my kids in that that I cannot be an Air Cadet, too!
Seriously. Look what they can do that I cannot:
I can’t get a free (and nice) uniform that instantly commands respect.
I can’t take part in free weekly training in musical band.
I can’t take part in free weekly training in drill routines.
I can’t take part in free weekly training in marksmanship (rifles).
I can’t take part in free weekly training in aerospace technology.
I can’t take part in free weekly training in Meteorology.
I can’t take part in free powered and non-powered glider training.
I can’t get my pilot’s licence for free (high achievers get this sponsored).
I can’t go flying for free, twice per year.
I can’t go to free summer courses that PAY ME to learn new skills.
I can’t decorate that uniform with pins that signify my membership in a world class respected organization.
I can’t decorate that uniform with patches for completing challenging courses.
I can’t decorate that uniform with rank badges that signify my hard work and dedication.
I can’t do all these things during my (long gone) teen years earning me tremendous respect from my family and community, leveraging the opportunities that this generates into a fulfilling future.
No, I can’t. They can.
What I could do is join the armed forces —giving up my ability to earn money — to enter training, be away from my family until that’s completed, then move away to a new city to complete mandatory placements. Someone has a better deal here and you’re damned right I’m jealous about it. I didn’t learn anything important until it was too late. The Cadet program would have made me so much better, so much sooner.
The good news is that my girls will not follow my poorly chosen footsteps.
UPDATE, 2016-05-02: I learned from a trusted source that there is a way for me to do quite a few of those things that I complain so maturely about, above. So interesting to see how this unfolds now…
I’ve thought quite a bit about this day, November 11th 2009. While I do not agree with war, nor the politics that lead us into wars, 11/11 is not about war or politics.
The fact is that well over 1,500,000 Canadians have served in the Armed Forces, and well over 100,000 of them have died in doing so. Remembrance Day is about us showing our appreciation to our fellow humans, who set out with a goal that they believed to be greater than themselves – not for their benefit, but for the benefit of their families, friends and nation under which they lived.
Today, your task is simple: At 11am, stand up… And say thank you to your fellow man, for standing up for what they believe in. I hope that one day we all can stand up for what we believe in too.
Racism is not right, but more often than not you will find someone you know and care about harbours some form of race-related concerns. The Jewish and Palestinians, the blacks and the whites, the idiots and dumbasses. Yes, racism can go as far as war so it’s not a good thing, but like I said, you know someone who has some race-related issues. So, if the spectrum of racism is so broad then it stands to reason that merely being racist is no immediate cause of concern. That black friend of yours doesn’t really like white people as much as he likes black people, but he isn’t going to kill any whites. Or, to be fair, that white friend of yours doesn’t like all Arabs, but he isn’t going to kill or beat any Arabs.
That line of thinking is exactly what perpetuates racism. We need a logical approach to this instead of an emotional one. Case in point -the video above. The parents are racist and as a result their children have parroted the parents at school. That led to the Province taking the children away from them. So now we have the Province playing moral judge and jury on racism, which is the same as the province itself being racist. The parents are discriminating against a group of people and now so is the province.
If you’re going to do that then where is the line drawn? This is the thought police. This is 1984. In Canada we have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as a Constitution. You should read these documents because what Canada has done to these parents is against it’s own laws of the land. If they can do it to one group, then they certainly can do it to any other group. Need I point to the Natives?