many of the comments below the CBC pieces on the student tuition protests in Quebec demonstrate what I think is wrong with Canada these days.
The students are apparently ungrateful, lazy, and unwilling to work hard to pay for their education. The ferocity of their resistance, the disruption is alarming and they should be respectful and the pinnacle of decorum. Quebec has the lowest tuition in the country so what are they complaining about? As if a good education is an idle trip to Bahamas and not critical investment in the health of the whole nation.
That's whats wrong with us, I think, underneath it all. There are too many of us now who have known no real struggle, and strive for little more than short queues their nectar of half-burnt coffee, sugar, and milk fat served in oversized paper cups. There are too many of us who strive to do little more than sink into the couch yelling millionaires with sticks chasing a bit of rubber around some ice. We're wealthy beyond historic measure, and sloth it blindly like French royals. Today's middle-class are yesterday's nobility. We've been doing that so long now that we've forgotten when the day began with drawing water and hewing wood for warmth.
We've forgotten when living required knowledge beyond operating the debit machine and TV remote. We've forgotten why politics matters, and what democracy is for. We've forgotten community and the necessity of knowing and caring for our neighbours.
We won't fix things until we're torqued off the couch.
Oh, and the flag for those interested.