Saturday, 26 July 2008

Three Things I Thought

Thing I:

General Canadian culture is on the decline, because everyone is so strongly encouraged to live out the culture of their heritage, to the deficit of being Canadian. Tolerance abounds, and it's a ghastly idea that Canada should ever have one overarching culture.

On the flip side, the role of a woman in society and the role of a man are getting much closer to being the same. This is so strongly encouraged that it's a ghastly idea to think that the two should be different.

I wonder what would happen if we played a bit semantically and swapped "gender stereotypes" for "gender culture", and "ethnic culture" with "ethnic stereotypes". Hmm.... Granted, stereotypes and cultures aren't quite the same thing, but it's an interesting concept, I think.

Thing II:

People should never be talking on their cell phones when they go through a drive-thru at a fast-food place. They should put their friend on hold for that looong half a minute when they're at the window. Imagine how snubbed a customer would feel if the situation were reversed, and the person handling their food and money didn't bother to say hello, thank you, or even make eye contact because they were too busy on the phone with their friend.

Thing III:

Performing Arts Camp is over! Yay!!! No more kids' camps until the end of August! Although I must say, I am super proud of my dancers.

When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

2 comments:

Kirk said...

Ah, thing 2 is very interesting. I never thought about it, but perhaps that is just because I never go out to drive-throughs.

art said...

Regarding thing 1. I suspect that if Canada was to decide to enforce a single culture, we would find ourselves in the minority and we would be forced to change to their culture rather than the others changed to our way of thinking.