Attention: The photographer who took this picture is unknown to me.
‘Inukshuk’ , in broad terms, represents a human being who is expressing directions to anyone who follows. In the following 3 examples I ask you the reader to decide for yourself whether you feel we are moving in the right direction as a society or have we gone too far already?
Example 1: In May of this year a police officer in Weirton,West Virginia became embroiled in an altercation with an African American man during which time the African American man produced a weapon and kept asking for the police officer to just shoot him. The police officer refused to do that and instead tried talking the man down and to try to end the exchange peacefully. The police officer had, by other experience as well as his regular police training, been instructed how to deescalate similar situations such as this and felt certain that this was a ‘suicide by cop’ attempt. As he was trying to solve this without any violence a pair of police officers from the same force appeared. The African American man started to move toward them waving his gun. He was promptly shot in the back of his head and killed right there. One question I was curious about was that the man was shot in the BACK of his head. How much of a threat could he had been at that moment?
The first officer was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired for placing his colleagues in danger. Go figure. Seems like cops in West Virginia don’t mess around. Oh yes, although there was no way of knowing this at the time–the man’s gun was NOT loaded.
Example 2/3: The Swiss are indeed an interesting group of folks. I seems that they are really stuck on the tradition/expectation that people who meet for the first time must shake hands as a sign of respect. I’m not quite sure if this is expected each time some one offers their hand but certainly the first time it is expected. Two situations arose recently.
An Austrian school teacher sued a Muslim father for refusing to shake her hand. The outcome of the suit is pending.
Another case occurred in Basel-Landschaft, which is a canton (a politically separated subdivision of land from a host country). In this case Switzerland is the host country. In this instance the Swiss government overturned a ruling that had been made by the governing Canton that exempted Muslim students from shaking the hands of their teachers despite this being a deeply respected custom. The Swiss government also took it upon itself to reverse/rescind another exception which was granted on religious grounds. Muslim males would not be required to shake hands of females either. The Swiss stated that the exception contravened the policy of adhering to gender equality.
Now if I am moving to another country a world away one of the FIRST things I would do would be to check out the customs and the culture to see if it were compatible with my own beliefs and values. Why go there otherwise? Unless there is another agenda at play here. Just sayin’. Isn’t there enough serious stuff going on in the world that we need to hear about this as well? World peace and poverty and genocide and war quickly come to mind.
There are many other examples of peoples rights, customs and so on that have run amok. Perhaps it is the ‘Inukshuk’ that is speaking to us saying that we, as a world group, need to consider another direction if we are to ALL survive on the planet.
A Forward Thinking Program:
And the work goes on. Just about finished making the case for developing a new approach to educating our kids and how they really do need to experience education from a totally different perspective. They need to be energized and very competent when it comes to being prepared to compete in the new global economies. We are hoping to have the description of the curriculum done by the early part of the New Year. Stay tuned–JIm
Truth Talkin’ Thursday:
Jane and I spoke about the need for some people to always be right and to go as far as to argue even though they know they are incorrect in their position. There is no positive that can happen when someone tries to defend two wrongs. We speculated that some of this may be motivated by not knowing the difference of being assertive and aggressive. I do know that many confuse the two.
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We are still working at getting the video down to under 10 minutes. We are getting closer 🙂
One Of My Favourite Musical Videos:
I know, I know–I keep on about how I can’t believe that this band, while still selling out where ever they play and after 50 years, isn’t in the Hall of Fame especially considering some of those who have made it–Yikes. The Moody Blues-” Ride My See-Saw” The boys still can do it better than most–Enjoy
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