The World in Turmoil
Please pardon my use of the old expression but some days it seems to me that, ‘the world is going to hell in a hand basket.’ Ongoing wars and political unrest in Syria, Iran, Spain and many other places in the world. Ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, racist and terrorist attacks at home and abroad, the horrific massacre of concert goers in Las Vegas and much closer to home, the killing of a police officer in Abbotsford. (I find I cannot keep up with all the bad news)
Then there are the natural disasters – hurricanes that wiped out cities, countries, and left many people dead and survivors suffering. The destruction of the earthquake in Mexico coupled with the loss of many lives was another blow. I could go on but you get the picture.
What often comes to my mind is, what can I do as one person, troubled but unscathed by all the disasters both man made and caused by nature. Is there some small thing that I can do to help make the world a better place? What comes to mind is civility. If I can be civil to my fellow human beings, listen more, argue less, criticize less, learn to understand our differences and extend the hand of friendship, perhaps these actions would help.
Too often it seems we get so caught up in our own opinions that we don’t take the time to really listen to the opposite point of view and we miss out on the opportunity to reach an understanding or even agreement. Some months ago the late Arnold Chan, MP., gave a speech in the House of Commons. He suggested that it was possible for the debate within The House to be civil. That members could and should listen to one another instead of shouting their views at each other with no one listening to the other’s point of view.
I think we all could try to do what he asked of his fellow politicians. Really listen to the other point of view, be respectful in our response and bring civility back to our discussions.