Has Canada lost her Identity? – By Yvonne Sam

Has Canada lost her Identity?

– By Yvonne Sam

What does it mean to be a Canadian?

In the history of the world there is no example of a culture, civilization or country that has survived in the absence of an intact family unit.  From a historical perspective this has meant

father, mother, sister, brother, grandparents, and sometimes other extended family members.  The onset of the Industrial Revolution brought what we now know as the nuclear family-father, mother, brother and sister.    

In the 19th and 20th centuries, immigrants flooded into Canada, fleeing oppressive governments, or merely seeking greener pastures.  It was implicitly understood that English was the de facto official language, being a good citizen was expected, and contributing to the betterment of Canada as a whole was one’s civic and moral obligation.

Children were taught to attend school, get a job, get married, and ultimately raise a family.  These were the inherent principles that pretty well served Canada as a nation until recently.

Now, people are experiencing difficulty in knowing what it means to be a Canadian.  .

People enter the country, legally and illegally, and refuse to speak one or other of the official language. Judges and politicians have redefined the family unit; gender is no longer determined at birth; and the government is invading every aspect of both our public and private lives.

One is left to wonder how mankind became so presumptuous as to say that their gender is no longer determined at birth, based on the anatomical features present when they are born.

As Mother Nature gets up in age, she is beginning to make all sorts of mistakes.  Boys born with penises are claiming to be girls while girls born with vaginas are now claiming to be boys.

Some have even gone so far as to say there is no longer a thing called gender; that there is no male or female; but to some extent one can “self-identify” from moment to moment as to what their gender is.  Even President Obama demonstrated his belief in this mode of thinking by making bathrooms in the White House “gender neutral.”  Bathrooms are no longer labeled as male or female.  You can now choose which one to use based on how you “self-identify” at that moment.

Such behaviours brings to recall Protagoras the Greek philosopher, considered the father of relativism, which basically says there are no absolutes.

Protagoras is best known for his statement, “Man is the measure of all things: of the things that are, that they are, that they are, of the things that are not, that they are not.”  Hence this insidious notion of “self-identifying,” is an extension of Protagoras’ philosophy.

In this view, there is no God or any higher power.  Each individual is the all and be all of their existence.  There is no common moral framework by which man should live by; every man lives by his own individual moral code.

With such a belief, a society loses the very glue that keeps a people (nation) united.  Typically, language, moral values, and patriotism are some of the common threads that augurs for a cohesive society.

Since absolutes no longer exist, we now have a country where sex is no longer determined at birth and race is no longer determined by genetics or ancestry.  I can claim to be seven feet tall, though I am only five foot eight; but yet have the legal standing of being a seven footer simply because I say it’s so.

A question that readily springs to mind is, “Would you go to a medical professional who onlyself-identifies as a physician; having never attended medical school?

A society without rules is a society in chaos.   We have little kids thinking they are homosexual; illegals who think they have a constitutional right to be in the country.

Values are the DNA of a society and Canada has certainly lost her values in the name of individual freedom.  Freedom only works within the context of shared rules or beliefs.

A prime example is the game of basketball.  Everyone that plays the game agrees to a common set of rules by which the game is played.  Within these rules lie the opportunities for individual players to express their uniqueness. But without a common acceptance of the rules of the game, basketball cannot exist.

So it is with Canada, without common acceptance of rules dealing with sexuality, morals law & order, we will no longer exist as a society.

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  • Linda  On October 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    There’s a lot more to be said as to what will cause the destruction of Canadian society. As far as I’m concerned, the type of immigrants, whether legal or illegal that is being allowed into Canada is what’s changing the society as we know it. Immigrants that refuse to integrate and adapt. Our leaders are mainly at fault as they’re only interested in votes and being politically correct at every turn. The other topics of sexuality and morals are personal decisions and some would argue that that’s what democracy is all about. There are enough laws on the books to protect the citizens, so, once again, it’s up to our leaders to enforce them.

  • hinduindianvoice  On October 3, 2017 at 1:01 am

    What identity is Canadian? There is none. Not in the last 200 years as far as I can see. There may have been a Canadian identity that came from the First Nations people BEFORE the Europeans came and stole the country from the indigenous folks, but nobody wants to hear that!

    The proof is the frequent surveys that show Canadians want immigrants, recent immigrants they mean, to adopt Canadian values instead of clinging to foreign values from the immigrants’ old homelands. Lot of people jump up and say hooray to that!

    But when some nosey parker like me ask innocently, so what are these Canadian values we are supposed to adopt? Spell them out. Remember, values originating in Canada, not American, French, British, Italian, Dutch, Ukrainian or Jewish!

    Dead silence from the “true Canadians, not recent immigrants”. They can’t answer. Ask about the legal values, the educational values, the family values. the spiritual values, the cultural values, the social values, the dress values, the language values, the musical values that are Canadian and the “old stock Canadians” ( to use Stephen Harper’s old racist code word) have nothing to say.

    You see, the official languages of Canada are French and English- nothing Canadian there. Our legal system borrows from the French Napoleonic Code for Quebec and British common law for the rest. Nothing from the First Nations folks as far as I know.

    Our dress codes? Straight out of Europe. Educational values? Europe and America. Spiritual values? Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and so on. Oh yes, the indigenous have something but it’s of no account.

    What family values, musical values, dance values, literary values, social values do we have that originated here in Canada? Okay, we have ice hockey and basketball that are Canadian, but that is a mighty thin rope to hold up Canadian values or Canadian identity.

    Forget about pursuing Canadian values. There ain’t got nothing to talk about.

    What I say myself is that I will take example from the earlier immigrants who came to Canada, starting with the English and French and down the line. When they came they adopted little or nothing of the values they found in Canada ie the First Nation values and identity. Both English and French spoke their own languages and not the native languages, dressed as if they were still in Europe, built houses on the European model, adopted European law, education, social and family values, religion, culture, food, you name it they brought it over unchanged.

    In simple English, they didn’t change a damn thing of any importance to adapt to the new country. So why should I or any newer immigrant change our value system/identity to become more like the English, French, Italians etc who in their time did nothing to adapt their value systems to Canada?

    So I say I will work with the legal system, the governmental system, the educational system, the work system and commonly accepted codes of conduct found here which are good in my judgement. Other than that, bug off my spiritual turf, my Indo Caribbean family and cultural values, my food choices, my wife’s sari and my kurta pajama! My identity is my choice. If anybody wants me to change to adopt these mythical Canadian values, spell them out loud and clear and come with good 24 carat reasons why I should adopt them.

    Ram Jagessar

  • Dave D  On October 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Pseudo-intellectual, senseless verbiage from someone obviously homophobic. But then again, Guyana shamefully remains the only nation in the Americas where Homosexuality is still a crime punishable by years in prison. The gaul some people still possess to try to dictate to others who they should love.

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