“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, goes the tune playing in the background of a lip-dub I watching this morning.
The Canadian election has us all in knots. We have had the highest advance poll voter turn-out in … well… a very, very long time. Does that mean Canadians are ready for a change? Does it mean we are fighting to maintain the status quo? It is tough to say.
I do know, however, there is a lot of animated discussion on facebook and on other social media that seems to be divisive and hurtful. And it is thanks to the spin doctors who are distorting the politicians’ words and taking them out of context. Ads are meant to persuade not educate. It is frustrating to watch. I must confess though that my own feathers become ruffled when I feel someone is being wrongfully convicted of saying or doing something that is immoral or illegal. We are being subjected to some dirty spinning.
This morning, after receiving an appeal from a friend who had been attacked by another passionate Canadian who was influenced by the media, I watched a little video produced by a woman who was fighting cancer. It was graphic and it took me right back to the time I spend over the course of last year – fighting for my life. Funny how all political spin disappeared. It just was not important anymore. Did my ego give way when I realized how silly it was to be fighting the wrong battle? I felt a little more grounded by the raw humanity of the video – of the memory of just what I need to be fighting for.
I wonder if others were to watch this clip – would they too end the nonsense?
We are all Canadian. We all want what is best for Canada. There are differences of opinions, but I’m sure that no one wakes up thinking they want to piss someone off – or advocate for something that is immoral. No one does that. Issues that have been so warped:
- whether to allow Canadian women to wear the Niqab – or not – really???
- whether a prime ministerial candidate is educated about how to balance a budget or not — seriously???
- whether to legalize or de-criminalize marijuana or not — a hot button topic but not worthy of a divided nation
- whether a prime ministerial candidate is “evil” – come on now!!!!
Crazy! Below the belt. Crap. Spinning.
Political spinners and their craft is what ought to be illegal. Put a ban on the commercials! No one has a right to persuade in a fear-mongering style or any other style for that matter.
And what is most important of all to all of us is life! I remember that now.
I long to read the news without the spin. I want to focus on facts. My doctor gave me facts – not spin – when he told me about my cancer. Thank goodness. He respected me enough to know that I would put my own interpretation on the facts. He respected my intelligence.
This video — gives me my own self-respect back — it grounds me and reminds me what I am living for and that my fight is worth it. What didn’t kill me did make me stronger – and now I am standing up to fight for my right to think. I’m pretty sure that’s what we call democracy – the right to think for ourselves.