Friday, 17 April 2015

Rule #265: Immigration

Immigration is good for the economy. Or so I'm told and I'm not in a position to argue that. I actually believe immigration should not exist. I'm self taught and graduated from the school of the pipe dreamers where we believe borders should not exist and we should all be free to travel wherever we want. No borders. If you want to go to Mexico, you just head there. No dealing with power tripping pushy border guards and the likes.

But here's my beef with Canada and immigration. Could you imagine traveling to Afghanistan and saying "ya know, those things that woman wear on their faces kinda freaks me out, eh. I don't think they should wear them so I'm gonna protest, eh." Well, I hope your last meal was a good one, because it probably was your last. A little harsh, but I'm not against the concept. If you knock on someone's door and ask to come in out of the rain, you don't say "Thanks for letting me in, but this carpet is offensive, get rid of it". Or "your kids are ugly, please remove all pictures of them from the walls."

The same should go with immigration. We Canadians are overly nice. And I'm proud of that. But you can't give up your own culture. Celebrate others, but leave your own in tact.

The whole Christmas thing drives everyone nuts. Just because
some radical religious freak speaks out about the word Christmas is no reason to start changing things. The right thing to do is listen, pretend you care, and move on. And this latest story really got me thinking again. A father in Toronto is not allowed to watch his daughter in her swimming lessons because, well here's his words and a link to the story in the Toronto Sun: “I spoke to a staff member and she told me that it’s because of Muslim women, that we’re not allowed to look at them."
This is just wrong. I don't care how they try to justify it and there are hundreds more examples.

In the new world, you will be free to travel anywhere. But you must respect the cultures of the people where you travel.

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