A model of civilization in time

The first Canadian is the Inuit, the Dene, the Amerindian. Much honour and respect are due fullblood canoriginals who still live in a direct line from these first ones. They have kept the dream and the flame alive.
The next Canadian, first to arrive after ten millennia of American isolation, was French. Some still live in direct descent of these and they are at the core of the great Canadian nation.
Next are the Métis, children of the first Canadians X newcomers from Europe, mostly French at the start, but soon embracing many from oncoming waves.
The third wave comes strongest, an influx of Scots, Irish and English at a time of great turmoil in the British Isles. At Confederation, Irish Canadians are the largest English-speaking ethnic group in Canada. Irish-French families, unusual elsewhere, are fairly common here, the two cultures divided by language but united by creed.
Not long after Ukrainian and other east European farmers and Chinese railroad builders begin the populating of western Canada. There are others, many strong individuals of all races and religions, who bring their strength to an emerging nation through the twentieth century — the century that raises Canada among the most admired and most desired of all. This was the fourth wave.
Canada has emerged a mosaic, not a melting pot, built on genuine respect for compromise, for tolerance, for difference. We apologize when we’ve done wrong. But our values are strong for right, for justice, for compassion.
The fifth wave is forming as the third millennium begins. The wave of the future. How far may it take us? A thousand years. Longer. Why not? We’ve pulled together a lot in a relatively short time.
Why should it not be that infusions from India, Viet Nam, America, Jamaica, Haiti, Hong Kong — some from everywhere, joining with all who came before — will make Canada a model of global civilization by the year 3000?

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5 thoughts on “A model of civilization in time

  1. Quote 1: “Canada has emerged a mosaic, not a melting pot, built on genuine respect for compromise, for tolerance, for difference. We apologize when we’ve done wrong. But our values are strong for right, for justice, for compassion.”

    I don’t see any evidence of this with respect to people out of work. And “…Heaven forbid…” if you are or have ever been on social assistance. From what I’ve seen going on throughout my 29 years in Canada, attitudes towards people out of work are based on popular disinformation and stereotypes which people in passably secure employment don’t want to give up – because they are comfortable with the status quo where hundreds or even thousands of people are applying for every job that becomes open, so they want a convenient set of excuses for discarding almost everybody and cheapening people with no regard for the implications of the economic mess behind this situation.

    Quote 2: “The fifth wave is forming as the third millennium begins.”

    The real question is not what sort of people we expect will come to Canada, but what sort of “fifth wave” do we actually need or want in Canada having regard to the problem just described? A “fifth wave” involving proper attention to making the economy perform properly – in terms of properly using the skills of its people – is obviously necessary. And stop using terms like “…have given up looking for work….” or “….have dropped out of the labour force….” when referring to people out of work but not amongst the so-called “official” unemployed. Terms like “…have given up looking for work….” or “….have dropped out of the labour force….” are being used deliberately by government and the business community, and being put in media reports, for the purpose of “conveniently” allowing business leaders to limit their own intelligence when dealing with poverty and issues connected with people out of work, and are also being used to limit the range of thought of everybody else in continual attempts to prevent rational discussion of the underlying problems and the associated facts and cause-and-effect relationships. It’s just like what George Orwell describes in “Nineteen Eighty Four” concerning the use of language and words, in the form of Newspeak, to limit people’s intelligence and range of thought, so as to make them more controllable by Big Brother.

  2. So doesn’t anybody have anything to say about this? Do people in Ottawa think about anything other than hockey, winning at office politics, using office politics and popular disinformation to put others “down”, or how to be loyal to their own little social and professional cliques and keeping “outsiders” out?

  3. I admire your optimism, and I wish the world really was the sort of place where your expectations might be fulfilled, but history indicates otherwise. Even the ancient Egyptians couldn’t quite manage a thousand-year regime in a world that barely changed from century to century. The Romans fell well short of the mark, the Mongols far shorter still, and poor Hitler barely got started on the Thousand-Year Reich. If Canada, surely one of the world’s most improbable countries in historical terms, still exists a thousand years from now, there will also will be pigs wafting through the air, and great sheets of ice in hell.

  4. In my view, the real questions are:-

    1. What do we actually WANT to happen in Canada – and how are we going to go about MAKING it happen?

    2. Are people in general even aware of the real challenges in front of us – and are they motivated at all by any perceived necessity for change from how we are doing things now?

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