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Nihilism, drugs and Canadian culture

By Clive Edwards
web posted March 24, 2008

One senses that the Canadians who matter, that is the ruling and sycophantic classes, see our country as some sort of Utopian gateway where no past shall enter.  "The future is now!" they proclaim, with the appropriate amount of uncertainty given that one man's Utopia is another man's Dystopia.  This is all well and good because Utopia by definition is exclusive rather than inclusive.  After all, we wouldn't want "those people" to be part of Canada now would we? They belong to the past – we must keep them there.  We must ignore them and rewrite our history to exclude them.  We must create a new paradigm where uncommon sentiment replaces common sense and facts are never inconvenient; where indeed the word "fact" has been redefined to mean "feelings" and "intuition" and the ultimate accolade of peer review is, "we feel the same way you do".  

 The most obvious problem with putting beans in your ears and singing nursery rhymes is that it is indicative of a failure of maturity.  Wanting world peace may be a decent sentiment but there is nothing noble about sacrificing your life and the lives of your family and neighbors on the altar of political correctness rooted in a lack of moral courage and a refusal to take effective action.  Singing "Koombya" with Romeo Dallaire in Rwanda didn't prevent the genocide and the only school shootings ever prevented by teachers or guidance counselors were when people willing to accept adult responsibility were armed with handguns rather than 911 on speed dial.

You don't have to be Christian or Jewish to know that evil exists, but it helps.  When you are faced with evil and it is about to destroy you or someone under your protection there can be no shades of gray.  For a relativist pan Gia atheist spiritualist absolute evil does not exist, unless in the guise of holocaust deniers or Danish cartoon publishers or pro-family anti-abortionists or pro gun self defense absolute rightists.  When you think about it, is it any wonder people who encourage killing the innocent pre- or near born and won't call it murder; that won't condone the execution of mass or serial murderers let alone those guilty of treason; cannot protect themselves or their children in the real world?

People who are out of touch with reality are not necessarily insane.  What is insane is putting these people in charge of dealing with reality. We have to stop pretending public safety can be handled by confidence artists and Canada Council grants.  That's how we got "self esteem is more important than accomplishment" and "gun free zones".  People who deal in words, acrylics and urine soaked crucifixes are not the best people to ask about self defense.  Mention guns and their eyes light up with all the works of art they can create with confiscated heirlooms.

The cops are not much better, at least in Canada.  They want the money and the empire that come with "growing market share".  The thin blue line of old helped citizens preserve their basic human rights to life, liberty and property.  The new reality is a protection racket. The fat blue line dreams of a police state that is already beyond the wildest fantasies of Hitler and Stalin.  Why in the name of common sense would we want to create more laws and hire more police?  We tried that before and it didn't work then either.

Rita Mae Brown said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results".  Let's stop the insanity.  Let's forget Utopia for a minute.  Let's take the joint out of our mouth, the needle out of our arm and turn off the television set.  Let's stop chattering like monkeys. Let's get calm and centered and clear.   Let's look evil in the face and not avert our eyes.

The first place we need to recognize evil is in ourselves.   For most people the greatest evil they will find in their own soul is cowardice.  Not only can they not act heroically but they actively deny others the ability to act heroically.  This position denies both the existence of evil and just as importantly the existence of heroism.  This is the practical application of nihilism and this is the great malaise of Canada.  If morality does not exist or is relative then I cannot be held responsible for being a coward.   But to make sure I am not revealed as a coward by the actions of others, I must prevent others from behaving heroically even if by so doing I seal my own doom.   See?  I told you this was easier for Christians and Jews.  If you lack a moral foundation your brain must be ready to explode with antipathy and lack of understanding.

 If you are a "person of morality" you know that actual evil exists and further that it must be confronted.  The Talmud advises you to smite evil.  Jesus advises that a sword is a good thing to have.  Even Gandhi and the Dalai Lama have advocated shooting back as a good and reasonable and just response to enemy incoming.  Those who were paying attention, especially Jews, learned the lesson of the Warsaw Ghetto – the Holocaust in microcosm.  Those who did not are doomed to be forever asking the next Gamil Gharbi if they might be excused from class as a conscientious objector.

What is the most important weapon you can have if you are under attack in oh, a school shooting for example?  Did you say a gun?  Wrong.  That is the second most important weapon you will need.  A cell phone with 911 on speed dial?  Probably won't save any lives, but if it makes you feel like a hero to call for a cleanup on aisle 9….  If you said the most important weapon against evil is a sense of morality then you get to draw your gun and cap the devil.  If you are morally challenged what the hell are you doing with our children?   You should be painting murals in a government office or something like that.  You certainly shouldn't be passing on your ineffective life skills to our kids.  Just because you have the luxury of calling a janitor when a kid pukes in class doesn't mean you get to pass the buck when that same kid's life is in danger.

Do you know what really pisses off the morally ambivalent?  The possibility that their students might be equipped to deal with the situation.  American College kids are often old enough to serve in the armed forces or as cops.  They may be in the ROTC or the National Guard.  They may be Olympic shooters or competent club level competitors.  They may even have concealed carry permits that kick in when they cross the border.  In Canada, most teachers would say, "I don't care about your skills, your training, I don't like guns and I lack your skills and training and if I am going to die then so are you!"   How do I know this?  I'll show you.

In Israel in the 1970's Palestinian terrorists thought they had found a good gig.  "Where will you always find the most vulnerable in society?' they asked themselves.  "In schools!" they answered in unison.  Rebecca and Wendy and the mayor of Toronto hadn't invented gun free zones yet, so the Palestinians couldn't use the politically correct term, but they recognized reality when they saw it.  They shot up a few remote schools killing students, teachers and the odd grief counselor.  Israeli parents thought this was a bad thing and wonder of wonders, the school boards thought so too.  They didn't waste their time and energy holding candle light vigils for the media, hoping the terrorists would recognize the plaintive tones of "Koombya" as a reaching out in understanding.  They recognized evil, they decided to stand up to it, they got guns and they showed up.  Terrorists aren't as stupid as you would think people who become human bombs might be.  Every time they tried whacking a school that was armed the terrorists were the ones who got whacked.  The terrorists thought this was terribly unfair, but they stopped attacking schools.  They tried attacking supermarkets, cafes, busses and soon every time a terrorist whipped out his gun or the trigger on the dynamite stuck up his ass some civilian whipped out a pistol and shot him.  Just to make sure, the next passing soldier or cop would pump a few shots into the downed terrorists head.  Cleanup on aisle 9.  In Israel life goes on and do you know what?  There is less crime and less whining about crime in Israel than there is in Toronto or Montréal.

In Montreal when Gamil Gharbi asked the males to leave the room they went without protest.  No United Airlines Flight 93 – "Let's Roll!" here.  I guess if Flight 93 had been Air Canada it would have hit the White House.  But I digress, other than to emphasize that there were no heroes in the room.  After the executions started and Montreal's finest had been alerted there were still no heroes outside the building.  I'll bet that if one of those women who knew she was going to die had one of the guns sitting unused in a cowardly cop's holster outside it would have made all the difference.  And you know what?  Those males who left would really feel like shit, knowing that a woman saved a lot of asses that day.   Instead of Heroic Empowerment rising on its haunches to tell the tale of hope, we gave birth to the Great Canadian Victim Industry, where all whine the catechism, "woe was us, and we could do nothing, for we were cowards."   I think I'll flagellate until my hand grows hairy and I need glasses; but I won't learn from my mistakes because I am still a coward.

One big difference, of course, is that in Israel the terrorists have no redeeming attributes and if they die that is a good thing.  Gamil Gharbi was as lacking in redeeming qualities as any Canadian terrorist could ever be.  He was a male with a gun.  He couldn't get a date if his acne depended on it. Canadianize him by using his French name, Marc Lepine so we don't offend the Arabs;  make Canadians think it was the lovable boy next door who went off the deep end; we really need to blame this on the gun because if we don't we will all be exposed as moral cowards.

On the streets of Canada terrorists are not the problem, it is the gang bangers.  In Toronto they keep the populace supplied with dope.  Your average urbanite knows that even if she doesn't do drugs some of her good friends or those she works with do drugs and "marijuana isn't really a drug so I don't even know where you're coming from".

You are so full of it dear.  Students smoke dope.  Teachers smoke dope.  Parents smoke dope.  Bureaucrats smoke dope.  Cops smoke dope. Dope is illegal and Al Capone is dead.  These days it's not Italians whacking each other on the streets of Chicago, its Jamaicans whacking each other on the streets of Toronto.  Or Vietnamese whacking each other on the streets of Edmonton.  Or East Indians (sorry, "South Asians") whacking each other in Vancouver or Chinese Triads in Richmond or Canadian Indian (that would be "Native" or "First Nation") gangs on the prairies.  Canada is a nation of stoners.   It is also a nation of gangs.  Every ethnic group has its gangs – the joy and fruit of multiculturalism. How can we lock up or shoot back when it threatens our supply of High? When we would be locking up or shooting our neighbors?   I've got a bad case of the warm fuzzies.  I need a vegan granola bar and a Perrier. 

Where was I?  Oh, yes.  Morality.  If you have it you know what you have to do.  If you don't have it then whatever happens is just a cost of doing business in your nihilistic world.  But don't worry – there are government programs for you.  And grief counselors.   You can have my share – I don't need them.   And when you're ready to play in the real world get your ass over to the nearest Fish & Game club.  There are millions of us in Canada who have both a sense of morality and guns.  We can help. ESR

Clive Edwards is a British Columbia based writer. (c) 2008 Clive Edwards

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