The common good

A letter writer provides some thoughts on how society is developing

It has become impossible to ignore the rainbow crosswalk message. The situation has been blown all out of proportion and has become a cultural issue which reflects the manipulating, collectivist mindset that is in many ways taking over our society.

The focus is professed to be on making those who claim to be marginalized feel accepted, included and valued. For instance, in a recent letter, the writer used this smoke screen when ranting against all white men (straight men of course) and Scott Anderson in particular.

What is apparent, though, is that any opposing positions are immediately deemed offensive and contemptible by those people who view everything from a subjective perspective, even if uttered by a person elected by the people to serve the common good and not special interests.

Why do we see such persistent and mean attacks on persons or groups that are blamed for how someone personally feels?  Do the attackers not have any sense of individual responsibility to be in control of their own feelings and emotional reactions?

We are born who we are. However, as we have seen, certain people have actually assumed the right to imply that white men should feel guilty or inadequate because of who they are. How ironic and how galling. The truth is that all classes and groups have good and bad individuals among them.

Each one is responsible for his own behaviour, not the alleged actions of whatever class he has been born into or put into by others.

Not all men are honourable and not all women are worthy of praise. In fact, not all members of any group, however they identify themselves, are worthy of praise.  Neither do they have the right to demand special recognition.

It is time to grow up and mature and become responsible individuals in a diverse society. No one is immune to difficulties or free from trials and obstacles.  No one. All of us have to learn to face problems and overcome them on an individual level by building stronger character and developing a thicker skin.

It is time to have concern for the common good rather than forming support groups with agendas in order to have more clout when whining and demanding special consideration. Such me-centered tactics serve only to feed into a tedious victim mindset and a noxious sense of entitlement. It is time to count our blessings.

M. Strangward

Vernon