By John Moore, Columnist
It is time to have a heart to heart chat about truth. It seems lately it has been thrown under the bus. Most of us are aware that telling the truth is really the only way to go. When we do not it usually has repercussions. We ‘ve seen what not acknowledging the truth can do . All we have to do is look at the insurrection in the US capital on Jan 6th of this year. Even now there are those in power who are slanting the truth about what happened on that day. How is it that almost 74 million Americans believe the election was stolen even though it has been confirmed repeatedly that it was not. These are supposedly otherwise rationally thinking people.
How is it that as a Canadian I was never told the truth about what went on in our Residential schools. It is estimated nearly 25,000 unmarked graves will be discovered by the time this is over. Every Pope since the residential schools began is now tainted by this horrific tragedy. So is every Canadian Prime Minister and government as they covered up the truth. Not telling the truth could change organized religion as we know it and with elections looming changes in political priorities could occur both federally and provincially in the coming months. Not telling the truth has never had such dire consequences for those who choose to lie about it.
With truth comes faith. When you know a person is truthful you have faith in that person. More importantly you believe in that person because you know they are truthful. That in itself forms a solid foundation from which trust can form. In today’s world we need trust more than ever as that is when great good can happen. People feel empowered when they know genuine trust exists. The off shoot of that is respect and when respect happens the impossible can happen. People who feel shunned can rise to do great things when they feel respected. The ultimate truth for many comes from a much higher power and of course I ‘m referring to God. It is important not to confuse our human short comings and blame it in the direction of Heaven as that is the furthest from the truth.
As we celebrate Canada let us honor and respect our fellow Indigenous brothers and sisters as never before. Let us seek truth from now on and demand that those in power whether it be business, religion or government make truth the new mantra. Our society will be all the better for it. Happy Canada Day!