Have you ever wondered what songs might appear on the soundtrack of your life? Albeit a moving target, and not as intensively contemplative as preparing a desert island playlist, I have always found it fun to speculate as to what deep tracks would appear on the playlist that is my life.
We have just honoured Canadian men and women who have and are serving in our armed forces. Unhappily, this year’s Remembrance Day was marked by feelings of uncertainty as well as pride and sorrow. Two of our soldiers, Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo were killed because they wore the uniform of our armed forces. And two young Canadians on our own soil killed them.
Hope versus fear – that is what Jack Layton had beseeched us to look to as a society. Yet, it would seem fear is more intrinsic to our world than we would think. According to some philosophers, it is fear that has brought us together as a society; we have given up our individuality for protection by those stronger members of society, otherwise we would live a precarious life in the state of nature. Fear does play a fundamental role, therefore, in building social cohesion.