There’s an infinite amount of wisdom to be gained from human history, and every year on Nov. 11 the spiral of life shines its light on the major the events that led to this free world.
When I began learning about Remembrance as a young child, it was a while before I understood why it is so monumentally important. Back then I perceived the world to be magically enchanted – a fairy bought my teeth and Santa slipped through a chimney to give me toys. Plus I played video games that glorified violence. I was able to grow up ignorantly bliss, so in my cozy environment, I was unable to understand that nature could actually be so hostile and impersonal. My earliest Remembrance Day memories are about pressing the pin on my poppy through the clauses on my hands.
Thankfully I had a great history teacher when I was 15 years old. At that age I had a bedtime and my mom bought my clothes, so I still felt like a child. But when my history teacher told the class how our grandfathers, when they were 15, were lying about their age in order to go overseas and fight – that’s when I realized how driven and crucial the war efforts were. We’re always stuck in the present moment, so it can be easy to forget how the end of the Second World War brought about successive generations of relative peace for the first time in history. From our days as tribal warriors to the end of the Industrial Era – there’s always been an enemy of the state. And until 1945, our most clever minds had to apply their ingenuity towards military aggression. But thanks to the veterans who fought and died to dismantle evil empires and cripple their foundations, the primary focus of human intelligence has evolved to promote peace, love and understanding.
But no matter how great of a Utopian we may end up creating, it will always be worth reminding ourselves how much nasty history needed to unfold before we could get to this enviable position.
It seems like progress is made at an inconsistent pace though. Case in point – Donald Trump was just elected President. It’s frightening how he refused to reject the notion of striking first with nuclear weapons. But his win did proved a good point – the average citizen shouldn’t be allowed to make important decisions.
It was a little naive of me to think the American public was sensible enough to elect the safe option. I should have know better – we listen to the same eight mindless songs repeated every single day on the radio, we compare our love lives to romantic comedies and we take advice from tabloid websites and magazines. Had it not been for our pathetic consumer habits, it would be tough to understand how tens of millions of educated voters believed some ding dong’s hyperbolic promise that he’s going to make America great again.
What an interesting campaign. Most of the time it seemed like he wasn’t even trying, as if he were only there for his own amusement. But in hindsight, it seems like his campaign was pretty well-calculated. Since Trump has the intelligence to win the presidency – even if he did it with shallow tactics – maybe he has the intelligence to be a great president. But I doubt it.
However, I had similar feelings when Rob Ford was first elected Mayor of Toronto. I thought Torontonians were out of their minds for electing somebody so checkered. But eventually I came to love Rob Ford. He was a true maverick who made the news cycle extremely entertaining.
On another note, a reader took exception with the way I described Donald Trump in last week’s column, where I referred to him as a creepy bigot.
I explained to her why I feel that way, but she said I’m wrong because Trump is actually “a bold, brash, intelligent man who loves his country and he wants to run it in a proper manner rather than this globalist stuff that has gone on for years.”
This reader also believes the Peachland View participates in a media conspiracy in which we neglect to report on Hillary’s practice of Satanism, Bill’s involvement as a serial rapist, or how the Clinton Foundation is a front for a pedophile ring in the District of Columbia.
I love me a good conspiracy theory – and I’m in no position to prove her wrong. However, freedom of the press is one of the cornerstones of democracy that our veterans fought for and won, and our government has too many checks and balances for any state-sponsored sex crimes to be flying under the radar. Nevertheless, we all have the freedom to investigate such ridiculous accusations.