Prayer: an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a deity, or a deified ancestor. Wikipedia
As usual, the Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Cenotaph on Monday was lovely. It was cold and snowy, definitely unpleasant, but people still came out in droves to watch the parade and pay their respects to those who have given their lives on behalf of Canada in combat all over the world. This year, the number of spectators seemed to be larger than in the past – surprising, given the weather. We wonder if this was because Remembrance Day this year gave cause for people to physically come together and collectively send out what we’re going to call a prayer to the universe, begging for the global madness that established itself in World Wars I and II (and all other wars) to finally end. Perhaps all those who gathered in the centre of Uxbridge listened to the hymns and prayers and added their own to the mix, worried that those we were honouring may have partially fought in vain, because people the world over are still being persecuted, still being oppressed, still greedily lunging after whatever they think they can take. Every November 11 we recognize the horror, the hate, and the need for it all to stop, but it seems that between November 12 and November 10, no one heeds the lessons that were taught.
It’s not news to anyone that the world in which we live at the moment is likely more out of control than it has ever been. Those who gathered around the Cenotaph on Monday knew that, and, in their own way, sought to, as poet John McRae asked in In Flanders’ Fields, take up the torch and hold it high. Heaven knows the world needs it.
Speaking of craziness…
There are many of you who are Don Cherry fans, and just as many who aren’t. No matter which camp you fall into, it’s hard to deny that the Canadian Earth has tilted on its axis a bit, now that the legend will no longer be seated in Coach’s Corner. Some people are coming to Cherry’s defence, others are glad to see the back of his flashy jackets. We’re a little amused by it all -this isn’t the first time that the man has said something inflammatory and off-the-oversized-cuff. And he did choose the wrong forum to bluster; he should have stuck to hockey? Were his comments a little rough around the edges? Yes. Was he overtly wrong in his observation that less people seemed to be wearing poppies? No, he can’t be wrong, it was his observation. Freedom of expression is the phrase being used in Cherry’s defence, and with good reason. And freedom of expression/speech is a mainstay Canadian value; this doesn’t mean that there aren’t consequences, of course, positive or negative.
Ted Barris and Roger Varley have stronger views on the Cherry Affair, and that’s okay with us! What could be more Canadian that fixating on a hockey icon whose mouth engaged before his brain even had a chance while on national television.
A more important thing at stake now – what on Earth is Ron MacLean going to do now? Who shall he numbly listen to?