The Canadian Imagination

What it means to be Canadian; examining and reworking Canada as a nation.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

In one's own image

O you generations which were once caught up in The War:

You have earned the right to respect, as acknowledgement of your experience and indeed as all persons have inherent value.

You have not earned the right to steamroller all other individuality into your own image. Your experience has not earned you the right to expect that all others should conform in all things to your will.

Especially, you have not the right to force your children's mindsets into paths which ranked high among the proximate causes of that war.

Every generation has its own The War, and probably every future generation will also. Every generation itself has itself been in part its cause, and in part its outcome. Remember, yes: but don't drag what has been into what is.

If ever we are to break this cycle: at some point there must be a clean start.


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