I got a response to my post titled,”When?”, from a lady named Maureen, who said, “Most hated by what standards, and by whom? Did you take a survey or something? Or is the whole article based on wishful thinking only, that in your imagination they are the most hated? I’m sorry, as soon as I read those words I stopped reading. It said to me that the rest of the article was most likely contrived, opinionated, and hateful in itself. It is my observation that the armchair critics of current government officials have nothing better to offer while they insist on impeding those who are at least trying to get something done, from doing their jobs as well. What haven’t you learned about previous world experiences at persecuting a nation simply for existing? Why wouldn’t you insist on standing first and foremost for your OWN freedom by standing for the only democracy in the Middle East, from where terrorists arise to try to destroy our freedom? Granted people are being hurt in all nations as this challenge goes on; that’s the nature of war. But blame the perpetrators – those who are breathing out violence against people who want to live in freedom and peace – not the people who are forced into a position of defending themselves. Get a grip – Canada’s leaders are the only ones who have their hands firmly affixed to the steering wheel of democracy, and are steering us well, in my opinion. The only thing I hate, is fear-mongering, slanderous articles like this one. It became clear to me that most of us do not listen, so we do not hear everything that is said the way it was meant and so just end up reacting to what we thought we heard, or wanted to hear.
I am guilty of this type of behaviour, reacting without really listening as well as some of the people who comment on my blog spot and other peoples. I know what I think about most issues and I know why, so I really do not comment on other peoples posts negatively, because I feel that everyone is entitled to their opinion and no one was twisting my arm to read the post, or except the writer’s opinion. I certainly do not initiate arguments on another persons post with name calling, cursing and the like, which I find childish, rude and arrogant. I did respond to Maureen’s comment, because I felt that she did not take the time to read the post and had responded to something that was not mentioned in it, here is what I said, “Maureen, you start off saying that you only read the first line and then decided everything in it just had to be contrived and then proceeded to tell me what you thought you would find if you actually took the time to read the post and you expect me to what, take you seriously? On what do you base your opinion of me for example, or the post; you do not know me personally; you did not take the time to read my post, so you do not have that to go on, so are you the pot calling the kettle black? Are all of your opinions both written and thought based on one line in what you read, no matter where in a post you find it? This post never touched on the Middle East Crisis, or this government’s handling of it, but that is right you never read the post did you, you just assumed what was in it? Next time you decide to comment on something someone else wrote may I suggest that you actually read it before passing judgement, or voicing your opinion. You do however sound like the arrogant, I know everything; do not need any help or suggestion Harper government that you are trying so desperately to defend. Thank you, for commenting, you provided a perfect example of how this government governs and how its supporters trail behind it thinking that they are somehow better than everyone else and know what is better for everyone else and need not bother to consult anyone else . You know my type so well you did not have to read the post, did you? What can I say Maureen you are just too smart for me, but at least you were honest enough to admit that you did not read the post, a positive difference between you and the Harper led the Conservative Government, who claim to study everything and then act like a horse’s ass. Have a great day!!!”
Having said that, I am pushy when trying to make a point and it is hard not to be passionate when you feel that your country and the people in it are being led to the slaughter and feel that the only outlet for your stress and sense of despair is to write about it and share it with anyone, just to let the steam out of the kettle before you explode and do something rash. At the same time I would like to think that perhaps this sharing of ideas and opinions may help someone else and perhaps through the exchange of information, feelings and opinions, we may help one another find a common ground, or learn something we did not know.
I have no grand illusions about what I am writing being the words that will change the world, Canada, the province of Quebec, or even the city of Montreal to be a better place for the weakest and the most fragile of our country to live in, but I would like to think that I could change one mind, one heart, in just one of the people who have read my posts, but for the most part I feel I just have to try to make things better. This is not because I think I have all the answers, or because I think I am right and others are wrong, but because we all get set in our ways and feel it our duty to trash the opposing side and acknowledge nothing good in them or their policies, even if we would see them as good policies if the right political party was to put them forward.
What I do know is that what most of us decree to be good politics, or bad politics is really our ideology on whose responsibility it is for the welfare of ourselves and that of others. Some of us have become desensitized to how and why people find themselves where they are today and insist that we have our own problems and whatever happened in the past is not our problem because it was not us that did it; while the rest of us can not get by the past and insist that it will always be the responsibility of the ancestors who we feel are responsible today for our situation to take care of us, because of past actions. We spend all of our time trying to get the wrong people to do something for us instead of working harder to do something for ourselves, but no one looks to the middle ground ever anymore.
I always wondered why for example they did not put people on welfare with no medical issues to work doing the jobs that they can not get filled and lo and behold the guy I hate the most Prime Minister Harper suggests it and I go stark raving mad and refuse to acknowledge that going to work is always better than staying home if you are not ill, or do not have a medical reason not to work. It is better for you and your family and in the long run better for Canada and Canadians. Others know that it is wrong what is happening to the First Nations People of this country, but either are content to ignore it , or claim we are doing the best that we can do.
What I am getting at is that there is always a minimum of two ways of looking at things and it never hurts to talk things out, but to do so one must look with an open mind and be prepared to take sound advice when it is heard, despite the political party it came from. I am not perfect and I always say out right that my opinions are just that mine and the reader need not feel that they must continue if what they are reading offends them, or they find what I am saying without merit, they need only click off the post.
I am interested in sharing of opinions, and civil conversation and a sharing of opinions, ideas and you do not even have to agree with me, but I would ask the same respect as I give when I read your post and visit your blogs spaces; read the post before you comment, make your comment on what you have read in the post and respect the fact that my opinion is mine and I am entitled to it, whether you agree with it or not.
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