July 29, 2010

Canadian Eh?

Once in a while someone does a beautiful job of describing a Canadian, this time it was an Australian dentist.

An Australian Definition of a Canadian
In case anyone asks you who a Canadian is . . .

You probably missed it in the local news, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian - any Canadian..

An Australian dentist wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so they would know one when they found one.

A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. A Canadian can be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan.

A Canadian may also be a Cree, M├ętis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as native Canadians. A Canadian's religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or none. In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan. The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses. Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which recognize the right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the best minds.

But they also welcome the least - the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected.

These are the people who built Canada. You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour. This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian.

Please keep this going! Pass this around the World. Then pass it around again.

It says it all, for all of us.


Cheryl said...

Wow, I hope that person who posted that ad was arrested! What an idea! What did a Canadian ever to do him or her?

Love that description, btw. from my experience of living in Vancouver and Toronto I'd say that was very apt.

J Paglia said...

This is a beautifully written tribute to your country.

It is so sad that there are those out there that choose to detroy rather than create,criticize rather than understand, and kill rather than cultivate.

Anonymous said...

Canada here I come ....

Thank you for your wonderful definition of a Canadian, it was very subtle and two-dimensional. I love it!

Agneta, the swedish one ;)

Amanda @ Ramblings of an Empty Mind said...

I so love it...and will happily keep it going. Perfect post for while I'm away. :)

Lianne said...

Thanks for your comments all. It's great to read something like this, written about your country, by someone outside of it. Makes me proud to be a Canadian.

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

That gave me chills- thank you for posting that!