It’s time to take our responsibilities as human beings

Posted Friday, January 11th, 2013. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

For too long we as humans have been so focused on the “me” and “what’s in it for me” that we lost sight of the larger picture: we are one world co-existing together. There is one ONE earth and while it is divided with imaginary lines giving us countries, cities, counties, and so on, any way you slice it, there is only one world.

So why do we continue to do the same things over and over again? We get into push-pull situations which do not benefit anyone. My sons are home today because the teacher’s union called what the government says is an illegal “strike” and so at 7 am this morning the teachers were forced back to work. What is a parent to do that has to work and has obligations — wait and see. No parents had to scrounge around and make arrangements for their kids. As I drove by the school today the only people I saw outside were the teachers. This is crazy and unacceptable. The tactics of past, for both sides, do not work.

Unfortunately our media today is part of the problem it highlights in the news the sensational side of things. I suspect it is guided by those higher up to “tell the people” what they want us to know.

Another looming issue in Canada is the Omnibus Bill that is being resisted by the Chiefs and their people. If you don’t know what an Omnibus bill is here is the Wikipedia definition: “An omnibus bill is a proposed law that covers a number of diverse or unrelated topics. Omnibus is derived from Latin and means “for everything”. An omnibus bill is a single document that is accepted in a single vote by a legislature but packages together several measures into one or combines diverse subjects into a single proposal.”

If you have been following the news you will hear both side of the argument. The problem is that most Canadians are apathetic and not responding and those that are do not necessarily have all the information. One of the biggest issues is that through the use of manipulation it is easy to skirt the real issues and smokescreen them with others. I do not like this tactic. I personally have had to deal with people who use this tactic – create enough of a smokescreen that the real issues are not dealt with or get pushed to the side.

Thank goodness this is changing – for me and for the country at large. People are standing up and clearing the smoke. The important issues need to be brought to light in an intelligent and focused way. One issue that is being skirted is how our Canadian Prime Minister is tossing aside the importance of protecting our waterways. Canada has, if not the most, than close to it, per capita, the most fresh water supply in the world. There are between 1.5 – 2 million lakes/water sources in Canada and less than 100 – (the number I heard was 82) are being protected. What is happening? We are selling/leasing our land to multinationals. These companies are mostly interested in the natural resources available in our land.

I was talking to a friend of mine in Newfoundland and she told me that not one of the waterways in Newfoundland are protected. There are mining companies coming in, taking resources from the land, dumping waste and polluting and when done leaving all of their mess for the people of Newfoundland to clean up. She has recently been given her Indian designation as the heritage runs through her father’s family. This movement, Idle No More, is to raise the voice of the people, especially the ones on the reserves, for it is their land that is being destroyed. It is the belief of the Indian/Aboriginal people that they have a love and history for mother earth and that they are the ones who will restore and bring the land back to its original health. I told her that there are many people who do not agree with the casting aside the protecting of our waterways. I am one of those people.

We talk about the cost of oil and gas and how critical it is to our existence. I can tell you that this holds no candle to the importance of fresh, clean, healthy drinking water. It is crucial to our existence.

It is time to speak up. All of us. Regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, treaties, agreements…. we are one world, one people. It is time to force our government to represent the needs of the people. The problem is that many Canadians are so apathetic and don’t respond unless it hits them in the face. I know that when I look at my boys’ faces I want to be able to hug them and say, “It’s going to be okay.” Wake up people and take an active role in this world. Don’t do this for you… do it for your children, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, and future grandchildren.

If the Omnibus is a bill that will harm the waterways of Canada then I say don’t support it. As for the treaties and land issues between the government and the Indian fractions – both sides will have to come to the table. Both sides need to be held accountable. No more secrecy, no more lies, no more smokescreens — TRUTH. When I say truth I am talking about doing what is best for today. What happened hundreds of years ago unfortunately cannot be undone. We can only deal with the here and now. This is the ultimate test of collaboration. I know this can only work if there is mutual respect, and there is not; there is distrust, and anger. It is time to do the healing. Forgiveness does not mean forgetting, it means that you can relinquish and release the anger that is inside you.

I want my children to have access to fresh water and then we need to turn our attention to the rest of the world!

Speak up, stand up, make some noise in a constructive and positive way.

We cannot continue to do the same thing over and over again.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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