Volume 96, Issue 19
Tuesday October 1,2002

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Hate can be un-learned

To the Editor:

I used to despise being Canadian due to our lack of identity and pride comparable to that of the U.S.A..

However, I realized that Canada does in fact have an identity. For better or worse, Canada is in essence a country pieced together by the steady influx of immigrants from around the world. The fundamental Canadian identity is that of a person who has come to live in and embrace a multicultural society that offers unbridled opportunity and wealth.

Presumably, immigrants recognize this and come here in the hopes of a better life relative to the one they would face in a possibly dangerous, brutal and oppressive society.

Yet, when identifiable races and religions come to Canada and bring with them thousands of years of racial baggage, it can have the effect of poisoning our society.

Hate is learned, thus, presumably, it can be "un-learned." All too often people mix present-day politics with events of the past for leverage. This is bulls**t! The countries of Europe fought two of the most brutal wars in history and have risen above their differences with relatively little residual hatred and, at the very least, a peaceful coexistence.

It seems that the people of the Middle East, fighting over small tracts of land, are fighting out of principle for some twisted sense of pride and history. They cannot get beyond the learned hatred from the past and, as a result, they cannot put this behind them and ultimately realize a brighter future.

Students should discuss the events in the Middle East not as a Jew or a Muslim, but as an objective Canadian citizen. Do not argue or debate with hatred, because it will cloud your judgment. I don't pretend to have a solution for peace in the Middle East, but it is my hope that their wars won't spill onto our soil, in any of its many forms.

Cam Norgate
Social Science I

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