If you remember a time when life was ‘normal’ please raise your hand.
I’m not talking about pre-COVID times either, although they are particularly stupid on almost every level.
I’m talking about times when such outdated concepts as personal responsibility, respect for others and simple civility ruled the day.
Those glorious days when we could agree to disagree without the need to utterly destroy each other to ‘prove’ who is correct. Today, the very concept of ‘correct’ lies in a heap of smoking ruins, burned and trampled by mobs of indignant morons who believe the world owes them a living simply because they draw a breath.
A few decades ago we could discuss an issue, any issue, and no matter how passionate the participants argued their positions, at the end of the day one person did not attempt to kill the other for disagreeing with them.
Today, these calls to kill those with whom we disagree are commonplace. They are ‘normal’.
Those whose lives were crushed by criminal violence with firearms want to see licensed, law-abiding firearm owners hauled into the street and killed.
If you choose to take responsibility for your own life and health by not wearing a medical mask outdoors you will be mocked, ridiculed and called “murderer” and “killer”.
Do these mob-ruled morons not comprehend fresh air, not stale, bacteria-laden recycled air, is what keeps us healthy?
There have always been those who despise religion, but never in Canadian history have we subjected places of worship to the visceral hatred we see today.
Faith leaders, those courageous ones who refuse to close their weekly public worship services, routinely receive death threats.
One church received death threats to its Pastor and Elders, but threatening to killing these fine men wasn’t enough. The gutless coward threatened to burn down their church and their personal homes as well.
All because the church, like Walmart, Costco and a plethora of other facilities, remained open on Sunday.
Last week a Christian pastor in Edmonton was hauled off to jail in handcuffs for refusing to close his church.
Today he sits in solitary confinement in a maximum security remand centre for his ‘heinous crimes.’
All because of fear.
Fear of a virus which has, for all except the elderly, a 99.7% recovery rate.
Fear which is promoted 24×7 by every government agency, every government minister and every major media corporation in the country.
Did you ever ask yourself WHY they’re peddling and promoting fear 24x7x365?
Did you stop to consider the ramifications of calling the government snitch line to report your neighbour because someone stopped by for a visit to see if they’re okay?
Have you completely forgotten the history of East Germany, a divided Berlin and the reality of every communist country in the 20th century?
Those mere citizens lived in abject fear 24×7 too. They were constantly urged to report their friends and neighbours for a litany of ‘crimes’ against the state, just as we are today.
Those authoritarian states ultimately collapsed under the weight of their own oppression – an oppression too many North Americans are openly embracing.
What happens to you when you’re afraid?
Are you more courageous or more cowardly?
Are you more willing to think for yourself or more willing to do as you’re told by any perceived ‘authority’?
Are you more inclined to search for the answers yourself or more eager to be submissive and compliant?
Thinking is hard.
Complying with the crowd and its loudest voices is easy, albeit a little uncomfortable at times.
The simple act of standing up for yourself in a sea of cowards is fraught with peril. I know that. The attacks will come the moment I click ‘Publish’ on this commentary- I have no doubt.
But I refuse to cower before them.
Because I remember a time in the not-so-distant past when I could walk up to a complete stranger, reach out my hand in welcome and say, “Hi there. My name is Christopher. What’s yours?” without a mob of morons calling for my death.
If you remember those days too, please share your experience in the comments section below.