For lasting peace, we need to see beyond our fears

If we want true security, we need see beyond our prejudices and invest in global development that promotes justice and progress for all humanity

For lasting peace, we need to see beyond our fearsPope John Paul II said, “Another name for peace is development.” How does this statement hold up against the current global state of affairs? For nearly 20 years, our world has been in an almost constant state of emergency and it seems to be getting worse. American scholar Noam Chomsky points out that before 9/11,…

How to reflect positive messages to young people

If we want to have young people who aren’t stifled by fear of the judgments of others, we need to help to develop their character

How to reflect positive messages to young peopleIn the early 20th century, sociologist Charles Horton Cooley introduced the concept of “the looking glass self,” meaning that we humans tend to see ourselves in the way we believe others see us. If we think other people like us, we’ll think we’re likable. If we think they consider us flawed, we’ll tend to see…

The secret to happiness and health is to be grateful

Those who practise gratitude have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, greater compassion, more happiness, and feel more connected

The secret to happiness and health is to be gratefulThe Qur’an says, “Any who is grateful does so to the profit of his own soul.” The concept of gratitude is an important part of every religion and ancient philosophy, from Taoism to Christianity. And modern research shows that there is indeed a direct link between gratitude and happiness. The Greater Good Science Center at the University…

Building digital bridges of tolerance and understanding

Good things happen when we can see beyond the viewpoint that we’re convinced is right and take the risk of hearing a perspective we don’t like

Building digital bridges of tolerance and understandingIn his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells us that we should “seek first to understand and then to be understood.” It’s one of the key elements in building global harmony. But how do we achieve it in the digital age? How do we communicate effectively with others when we’re on…

The best kind of social medicine in Medicine Hat

By eliminating homelessness, the Alberta city has reduced the crime rate, the workload on first responders, hospital emergency visits and pressure on the courts

The best kind of social medicine in Medicine HatFormer American president Jimmy Carter said, “The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens.” Serving those in need may seem simply like the charitable thing to do. When we look a bit deeper, however, we see that many social programs help the entire population. Even on a…

Investing in children to stop the scourge of extremism

Through education young people can be made aware of how they’ll be used and exploited by the people who pretend to care for them

Investing in children to stop the scourge of extremismChildren’s rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman said, “The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; the question is whether we can afford not to.” When we don’t invest in our children, the results can indeed be disastrous. Norwegian filmmaker Deeyah Khan recently made a documentary called Jihad: A Story of…

Standing firm against a rising tide of anti-Semitism

The way to combat these racist abominations is to speak truth, and to speak it persistently in a loud and unified voice

Standing firm against a rising tide of anti-SemitismJust when we thought we had advanced as a society, putting disgraceful intolerance behind us and embracing and celebrating our ethnic diversity, we realize we still have a long way to go. The Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver received bomb threats on March 8 and March 12. These threats coincide with other anti-Semitic behaviour and…

Finding meaning through the eyes of a survivor

Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl helps students embrace some of life's most fundamental lessons

Finding meaning through the eyes of a survivorOften when we make concessions for others, we create great moments for ourselves. As a teacher, I'm always open to expanding and improving my program. For years, I've studied the Holocaust as part of my Social Justice 12 course. This year, I gave my students more choice in studying the topic. It resulted in me…

The overwhelming power of the truth

History shows clearly again and again that blindly following messages of anger, fear and racism leads to disaster

The overwhelming power of the truth“Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is,” Winston Churchill said. Those words stand in stark contrast to those preached on the other side of the English Channel during Churchill's Second World War tenure as British prime minister. Adolf Hitler knew the power of propaganda and…
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