It’s not the guns that are coming over the border that are killing people, it’s the mentality that is leaking upwards into Canadians that is making people desire weapons.
We are not American….yet. If we begin to emulate their behaviour, how will we be able to distinguish our identity? I would love to believe that the tragedy in Florida this past weekend would never happen here, but I know that’s delusional.
So, what do we do?
Ignorance is the only thing that leads to our self-destruction not only has a culture, but as a human race. Living in the information age where any piece of data is at our fingertips, we need to change how and what we learn in schools. Perimeters and Shakespeare are still relevant, but we need to focus on how to evolve the human spirit so that we can take all that we learn and build a utopian world – not one bent on being the best.
Margaret Heffernan’s “A Bigger Prize” should be taught in schools. I often refer to it as my bible not because it preaches, but it teaches how we can grow in alliance and collaboration and still be successful and profitable. It’s not difficult as long as you are willing to give up this notion that being “the best” is worth selling your soul for.
We need to stop focusing on the guns. Let’s turn our attention to what triggers the brain into thinking that picking up that gun is the answer to any problem.
My prayers go out to all the family and friends of the mass shooting in Florida. Let’s work together to make sure this never happens again.