It’s a challenge to remain optimistic about the future in this troubled world. One could easily give in to feelings of despair, cynicism and apathy.
Never have I seen such divisiveness in our society. One would almost think there is a deliberate plot to sow discord among various competing religious, political, regional and economic tribes.
We see the politics of division displayed by the actions of the Trudeau Government. Just like his father, Justin Trudeau is pitting East against West; Energy sector against environmentalists.
But Justin goes further and favours certain religious rights at the expense of others and of free speech. And Bill Morneau’s proposed tax reforms have done nothing but stoke anger among small businesses, all in a crass populist political maneuver likely inspired by “class warfare” instigators.
Some see Donald Trump as a divisive figure. Or is it actually the left which is so divisive and constantly stoking anger and discord?
Of course terror remains our greatest threat to Western life as we know it. How do we deal with a world where almost every day you hear of another attack somewhere? We’ve almost come to expect it now.
And so at this Thanksgiving I try to put on my blinders and just focus on my own blessings: family, friends, relatively good health and the simple beauty of life right around me. I thank God for that and I ask for peace – even if it can be only found in my own heart.