Common Sense

In today`s busy, reactive (twitter feed), politically correct society, it is no wonder there is so much confusion over the headlines.

Justin Trudeau has a lot to answer for with his recent headlines in the paper about `brownface`.  A picture of his Arabian Night Theme school picture shows our then teacher of the countries children in a costume that is racist and inappropriate in today`s traditions and customs.

This behaviour happened in 2001, at a school fundraiser.  But is there any reason to believe we are being overly influenced by media, facts or even the way people behave?

I believe some common sense is lacking in all our lives for one reason or another.

Who has the time to read, research and chat with good people about topics we hear on the news or twitter feed?

We need to all learn to slow down and deal with the stress that technology and living in 2019 is delivering to most of us.

So, it turns out that a lot of people, probably white people, and increasingly people who do not have time to properly digest the news, are guilty of wearing inappropriate garb to parties, Halloween and others.

With society changing so rapidly, it helps to have politically correctness on one side and common sense on the other to supply a balance with day to day living.

But we all drop the ball from time to time.

Trudeau has a lot of work to do to get back in the good graces of his political colleges, party and the public at large.

He needs to address this issue head on and suffer whatever consequences result in his poor choices from 2001.

Being a liberal myself, I am of the opinion that he needs to take an even tempered approach to the people that challenge him on his problem.

I for one will be following him on this specific issue and all others that arise during this political campaign called the federal election.

I hope some good will come of his apologies and actions in the weeks and months to come.

And I believe it couldn`t of happened to a better representative of the people.

We need accountable politicians that can show us a thing or two about making mistakes, whether it is in the past, public or politics.

For my part, as a writer, I want to read, research and write on many topics and work on my own mistakes.

I can`t claim to be an expert on this topic and this is just trying to be a thoughtful opinion.

I`m sure the public has judged him and will continue throughout his life.

I only hope we as bystanders can learn a thing or two about making mistakes as human beings.

Engineering Madness

Are the seven deadly sins just a bunch of extreme mistakes? 

Could these 7 big mistakes be a bunch of smaller mistakes?

Where is control or self-control lurking during all this mistake making?

The idea that we create our own madness is no more real than the need to shame or blame people for being sick or ill.

Dante and Aristotle were experts on the topic.

Compassion and kindness are necessary when coping with mistakes.  And it is irrespective of the outcome.

In society today some forms of madness lead to crimes against humanity.

The lesser form of these crimes are considered self-harm.

It is necessary to find compromising ways to deal with bad behaviours or crime.

For the most part the ethics are clear:  do no harm.

It is better to condemn a criminal to prison or some form of confinement for their own safety and people in society.

In the future, we will find better ways to treat people and do less harm.

Today it is up to us as individuals to learn to treat ourselves and each other in less harmful ways.

I believe the ‘good life’ is a good choice regardless of the outcome. 

An alternative to sin or mistake.