Michael Moore and Jian Ghomeshi: revealing injustice

I love listening to Jian Ghomeshi on the CBC.  His show Q has a line-up of guests that rival Howard Stern, but Jian is less controversial.  Jian does not need to provoke or shock, he is well read and well spoken.  He is a news junkie and is able to translate his observations into solid and thoughtful points of discussion with his guests.  Through his research and preparedness he often elicits stories from his guests that may not have been heard before.

This happened yesterday when he interviewed Michael Moore, the American author and filmmaker who made headlines with his books/films like Stupid White Men, Bowling for Columbine and Downsize This.  He also won an academy award for Bowling for Columbine and this was his memorable acceptance speech.

Wow.  Jian asked Moore if there was a pivotal moment in his childhood that forever challenged him to be this passionate and controversial voice.  Moore paused then in a softer voice recounted a story that occurred in his 18th year.  Michael Moore was voted in as the youngest school board trustee ever in The United States.  His platform included the desire to fire his vice principal, whom he said was a tyrant.  Moments from his high school graduation, he and his fellow classmates were lined up for inspection by the VP.  This man proceeded to check that under every gown, each male student was sporting a tie.  The boy standing in front of Michael was pulled from the line because the VP said that his western string tie did not fit the criteria, and therefore he would not allow him to graduate.  The student was shamed and sent home.  He was not allowed to graduate with his class.  Moore said that he was devastated.

This became the moment that he said to himself never again.  Never again will he allow an injustice occur in his presence, or knowledge without responding.  This was the fuel that has carried Moore into sometimes dangerous territory.  He and his family have been repeatedly threatened, and a bomb plot was uncovered as well.

We are supposedly living in a highly civilized time, yet Moore and others like him are putting their lives on the line when they stand up to fight injustice or to express their opinions.  Thankfully, in Canada we are much more tolerant of dissenting views, yet so many are afraid to take a stand on an issue because they don’t want to offend.  I would offer that that borders on laziness and self-protection.  We don’t need to beat our opponents over the head or bash their reputations, but surely we can take a moment to offer our own insights and concerns around issues that affect us.

Lets remember to take a look at what really counts;  and in my mind it is about being human.  It is about wanting the same things for my neighbour as for me. Really , don’t we all want the same things: to find happiness, good health, safe  water and food, a safe place to live, good friends, a loving family and hopefully  to be able express our individual nature through our employment?

Each one of us has the same responsibility as Michael Moore has avowed.  We don’t need to make movies or write books, but we can start to look at each other as ONE.  We are not separate creatures here.  We are all from the same Source.  

good-byes and circle of life

Yesterday I was listening to the CBC and Mary Hynes did a segment on good-byes.  The first short documentary was following a young mother as she worked through the emotions of saying good-bye to her one year old daughter, in order to have a break and go away with her girlfriends.   The event more difficult because she had never left her daughter, ever!  Not even with her husband.

The second story was about a woman who was an empty nester.  She was having difficulty dealing with her empty house.  In essence, dealing with the notion of saying good-bye to her years as an active mother.

The third segment was a story about death.  It poignantly described how a group of women, on the request of their best friends husband, prepare the newly deceased body for viewing and burial.  Interestingly, this story was the most uplifting because the women shared with their best friend the most intimate and sacred acts.  It was a confirmation of life in all its forms. 

Waking up before the sun,  I drove Emily to the train station in Stratford.  She was only with us over-night.  As the other passengers were loading we hugged, kissed and said our I love you’s.  Not good-bye.  Oddly as I walked away from the train, I was overwhelmed with joy.  Emily was not leaving me, she was going towards someone else in her life.  Someone that compels her to walk on air and smile deeply.  Why would I want to keep her from that?  It’s all good.


We all participate in the kill


In the car yesterday I heard an interview with Jian Ghomeshi of the CBC.  He spoke with an American woman, Danielle Martin,  who is trying to persuade the world to eat bugs…crickets, larvae, beetles…Take a peek at her cooking video.

So here is what bugs me!  Beyond the obvious!!!

Some of her critics are vegans and vegetarians who are concerned that she is killing.  That killing insects is no different than killing a cow.  I will agree that killing is killing.  However, can I point this out to all the vegetarians and vegans out there….when you eat beans, soy products and fish for example, there is massive amounts of killing involved.  Most commercial fish are hauled in and asphyxiated.  They lay on the boat in the hold until delivered to the processing plant.  For all commercial harvesting of fruits, vegetables and legumes untold numbers of insects, mice, voles, raccoons etc. are also caught up in the combine or run over by the equipment.  If you live in farm country, which we do, you can’t help but notice this.  Last year during haying, I saw a rabbit caught up and killed.

Stop reading now, because I may just offend a whole group of people.

This is the real world.  Lets just all get the stories straight.  If you don’t want to eat meat because of large feed lots, that is one thing.  To say that you won’t condone the kill, is naive.  We all participate in the kill in order to survive, carnivores, omnivores, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegan

From Gods Country to The Kingston Pen via the CBC

Pat and I drove from our house to Kingston today.  No traffic to speak of, clear sunny day and the CBC.  Here is what I learned:
From Clinton to Winthrop:  I still love Jian Ghomeshi...well just his voice…even though it is digitally altered:(…its true!
From Winthrop to Kitchener: the hilarious “Debators”, where I heard that drinking coffee was like having your brother burp in your mouth(I did not make that up!) vs. tea was like a hummingbird softly caressing your tongue(I wished I made that one up!)
From Kitchener to Milton:On the Noon Phone -In: Obese people blame their parents for their weight
Milton to Pickering: Eleanor Walktel:  Christopher Plummer is a highly skilled, articulate and funny actor who is a true ambassador for Canada and he likes to drink alot…he said so
From Pickering to Trenton: various news items including: People young and old a-like, continue to boat without life jackets, even when they do not know how to swim.
Which brings us to Kingston, my old stompin’ ground:  I am breaking the law under The Criminal Code by walking around naked in my house.  Who knew?!

And on that note; Happy Wednesday!