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Much Ado About Nothing

There’s been so much hullabaloo lately about NFL (and other professional and amateur sports team) players, in particular, Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the playing of their own national anthem before their events.

Many feel this action or form of protest disgraces the national anthem and the country for which it is sung, as well as the team for which those players may play.

But we must take a step back and see different points of view before we judge so harshly the actions of others.

The United States has long defended peaceful protests, even upholding the privilege to do so in their Constitution, together with the freedoms of speech and personal expression.

Looking at it from another point of view, it is also easy to sit in judgment of protesters when you have not been victim of the injustices and unfair treatment being protested in the first place.

From a more practical point of view, consider that a form of protest is likely most effective when in a place like a stadium where tens of thousands of people have their attention fixed on one spot.  This is no different to politicians attempting to further their careers by hosting so-called dinners at several hundred dollars a plate.  The tickets for such dinners far exceed the cost of tickets to sporting events, yet no one seems to protest the fact that politicians are in effect attempting to buy their votes.

Moreover, how do you stand for a national anthem which you may believe in your heart of hearts no longer has the meaning it originally intended?  An anthem which speaks of freedom and justice for all can have little to no meaning for those whose freedoms are denied, let alone those who have not received justice from either the legal system or police enforcement.

 

It was Voltaire who said, “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”

He also said, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

Perhaps we should keep Voltaire’s statement in mind before we judge so harshly those who may disagree with our points of view, lest we suffer the greatest fate of all – REPEATING HISTORY’S MISTAKES.

https://ca.yahoo.com/sports/ravens-anthem-singer-resigns-fan-reaction-player-protests-223648999.html

 

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Things I learned from Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek.

Growing up in a house in the early 70s with 2 older brothers and only 1 TV, it is not surprising that I ended up watching a lot of Star Trek. At first, it was a great way to bond with my brothers, being the annoying baby sister by several years, but then I grew to better understand the stories and the valuable lessons they were trying to impart, to name a few:

  • How to resolve conflict amicably and to the benefit of each of the contrasting parties.
  • How to not interfere with the normal working order of a civilisation or natural environment and to limit as much as possible your impact when you must intervene.
  • How to overcome prejudice between races, as well as between species and nations.
  • That keeping your word and your promises is more meaningful than you will ever realise.
  • Why it is always best to stand by those who stand by you.
  • That peace IS possible and well worth the struggle to find it.
  • To value friendship as one of the most noble human virtues.
  • That logic is only the beginning of true wisdom.

With Leonard Nimoy’s passing today, I cannot help but feel that a large part of my childhood was lost, but thankfully not forgotten. Without people like Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner and the rest of the cast of Star Trek to embody these virtues, I may not have learned these lessons soon enough, nor been able to put them into proper context. Certainly I would have learned some of these values from my siblings and parents, but children often relate much easier to colourful characters in books and theatre than they do adults who seem to be constantly telling them what to do.

Shows like Star Trek implanted the seed of hope in many of us.  The hope that our world could be better, if we all worked together.  The hope that peace was and is indeed possible.  The hope that racial tensions in the future would be a thing of the very distant past.

Think what we might have learned if we only had shows like “Big Brother” and “The Real Housewives of Wherever” on which to rely.  Oh, wait…that’s happening to the newest generation, isn’t it?

To all the past and present cast, crew and writers of Star Trek, I wish only one thing:

Live long and prosper, no matter where you have boldly gone knowing you made a profound difference in a little girl’s outlook on the world.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock 1913 - 2015

Leonard Nimoy as Spock
1913 – 2015

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