The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “forgetting

The Growing Darkness

Posted on March 11, 2018

It’s a life of episodes — perhaps a fitting way of describing life with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s one thing to lose your health, your job or a loved one, but what happens when you lose yourself? Is there an individual or family tragedy any greater? And yet it’s lived out every day by thousands of Londoners and most of us will never know about it until signs emerge somewhere within our intimate circle. In London some 9,000 families wear themselves out in silence at an agony that can rip one’s insides out. Across Canada, almost half a million citizens suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Within 15 years that number will reach one million. Globally, 100 million struggle with the disease — a number that will reach 300…

Forgetting Our History

Posted on March 12, 2015

My new Huffington Post piece talks about how we forget history in many fashions, not just through the kind of destruction we are seeing in Iraq and Syria.  The direct link to the column is here. “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it,” said Winston Churchill — a great quote and just like him. But what of those who seek to destroy history altogether, who endeavor to wipe the words from a page already written? The sight of historic relics preserved from humankind’s earliest era being purposefully destroyed forever by determined ISIS forces is jarring to our sensibilities and a sacrilege on almost every level It’s happened many times in other centuries. The destruction of the Epang Palace great…