A note for everyone:
I can’t help but feel that I needed to address some things. We, the Millennials, are considered to be lazy, entitled, and all around under-appreciative of what we have. And we can’t really lie about that–we do have it really good. Being Canadian has its perks, and it makes it really easy to ignore exactly what’s happening around the world. There are a lot of people around these days who aren’t on the up and up on big social events, but this week something happened that, literally, hit home. I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now: The Ottawa Shooting. Yesterday Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down in front of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and as it is we don’t yet know why (unless information has been released that I’m not aware of). We know who did the shooting, who killed the shooter, and how our illustrious government leaders reacted during and after the event. As Canadians it’s easy to think that it couldn’t happen to us. We’re Canadians! Everyone loves us! But we are a society, and societies have a habit of getting into trouble. Consider events around the world in the last 5 years: Economic collapse in Spain and Greece; Protests in France, Egypt, China, India, Canada, America, etc.; Countless wars in the middle east and elsewhere; Ebola in Africa; Invasion of Crimea; Ukrainian conflict (civil war?); Oil spills; Environmental devastation; Severe global economic downturns; Political scandals; Secret agency whistleblowing. We’ve seen a lot happen, and people hardly even realize it.
Despite all this, I caution you: DO NOT GENERALIZE THE SITUATION. Yesterday’s shooter was a Muslim, yes, but he was a born Canadian, Muslim convert. I want to be clear here: This is NOT Muslim. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the North East part of Calgary, and I have known many Muslims in the twenty some odd years I had lived there. They are some of the most peaceful and accepting people I have ever met. I’m worried that this event will colour peoples’ opinions of Middle Eastern people, particularly those of the Muslim faith. We’ve seen it happen before, in America after 9/11; during WWII with Japanese Canadians. To fall into that trap would not be Canadian.
One man’s actions do not represent the whole. Do some research. Read articles from more than one paper. Get the full story. Be educated and think critically. That is how we’re going to move past this without hating for no reason. It is at times like these that we have to remember our shared humanity, because if we forget that, then we might as well call the game and give up.