We admit it might not be easy to stay on top of the constant stream of news coming our way. Some would have you believe that you are not well informed or educated if you don’t follow “the news.” We’ve heard people say that they don’t follow because it just makes them feel worse about the world and the future. Besides, what can one person do?
Watching the small group who assembled together to protest the PC party’s proposed legislation Bill C-51 this weekend, was inspiring. People from different age groups and walks of life and even a puppy, met to march for a cause that they believe in. They put their money where their mouths were — in the cold and wet weather with short notice on a Saturday. For many, obliviously sitting in front of Netflix is more comfortable. Instead of donning a pair of rain boots and making a sign, sharing a post on social media is much easier. But the ones who gathered showed how much they care about preserving the freedom to congregate. They worry about the potentially disruptive power of a longer-reaching secret police force and ultimately, the vanquishing of our privacy. It has been said that when freedoms are removed, they are difficult, if not impossible, to reclaim.
To quote the infamous words of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”