I am writing an article for our area tourism guide about the Burk's Falls jamboree which takes place each year. This morning I interviewed the two men who created the event. It was a pleasure hearing that their vision was to promote the area, local artists and the genre and will continue to do so for as long as possible. This is not a venture where they will get rich and, in fact, breaking even is considered to be successful.
There are many (although not enough) who consider helping others to be a priority. At a time when it seems to be increasingly common to be nasty, protectionist and self serving, we need to be even more focused on what is important.
Is someone wearing a head covering as part of a uniform (a recent cause of much vitriolic comment on Facebook) more worthy of our concern than children committing suicide or not having a home? People often use the excuse that we getting away from Canadian 'values' as the justification for hatred. They forget our laws and values are based on such things as the ten commandment's and the golden rule.
Treat others as you would have them treat you is still the best guide for our actions.