Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Motorvationally Speaking": No Regrets

Once in a while someone does a splendid job of describing a Canadian.

You may have missed it, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian.

Any Canadian.

An Australian dentist wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so the bounty collectors would know one when they found one.

"A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. A Canadian can be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan. A Canadian may also be a Cree, Métis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as native Canadians. A Canadian's religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or none. In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan. The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses. Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which recognize the right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the best minds.

But they also welcome the least - the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected.

These are the people who built Canada. You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour. This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian".

This Dentist from Down Under and his passion for the True North Strong and Free may help explain why Canadians are called on to do a lot of heavy lifting in remote sections of this mad, mad world. Canada's military has developed a big league reputation for being a force that can be counted on; stabilizing some of the world's political hot spots while protecting civilians from the wrath of lunatic fringes.

Today, on TSB, we go one-on-one with an otherwise ordinary guy who has been there done that - without any regrets. If life is a highway, the Canadian Forces has been his vehicle to ride in this human race.

From CFB Gagetown, we welcome another one of those extraordinary Canadians who have helped make the world a better place ... Ken Lunsden.

"Motorvationally Speaking", on CHCD TV, is a weekly, internet-based show focused on people who embrace the power of positive thinking. The guests may not always be famous, but they are always enlightening, and each one of them has an interesting story to tell. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome as we do what we can to inspire, educate and motivate.

"Australia and Canada were settled by adventurers, they had to break new ground. I think that is indelibly etched on our cultural spirit"

p.s... The boy inside the man thanks P.C. for supplying additional insight this morning.

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