It's About Respect
As I mentioned in Friday’s post, I have been trying to get up to speed on the Idle No More movement, and let me tell you the wrong way to do that: By reading the comments section of various blogs/new articles along with various tweets. The hatred, the vitriol being spewed forth from both sides leaves my heart heavy, my mind confused, and my soul weary. I’m not saying there are not problems to be fixed or histories that have yet to be told honestly and accurately. (And going by my admittedly limited readings, this also needs to come from both sides.) We need to open and maintain an honest and respectful dialogue as a nation with all peoples, for the benefit of Canada as a whole. The atrocities of the past which have not been dealt with or acknowledged need to be dealt with, yes – but let’s not allow our mistakes, our failures, to define us.
- “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” ~Matthew 7:12 (Message)
- “Don’t be misled – you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” ~Galatians 6:7 (NLT)
- “. . . (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).” ~2 Corinthians 13:1b (NLT)
In other words, treat others the way you want to be treated, remembering it will all come back to you – good or bad. Nor should you believe the very first thing you hear about an event. Do your research while remembering to show grace, mercy, and compassion even when acting “anonymously” on the Web.
Just think of how our societies and relationships would look if we all remembered to practice these things more often.
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