The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “service

The Nobility of Sacrifice

Posted on March 30, 2018

It’s Good Friday and with its arrival comes a willingness to speak of the term “sacrifice” and its many components.  A theme that precedes Christianity and other faiths, the sense of giving up something for a greater purpose has been with us from our very beginnings as a species and is remarkably common in the animal kingdom, especially when it comes to parents sacrificing for their young. People frequently become confused when using the word.  Yes, it’s Good Friday, and, yes, it’s that time of year when we consider how Jesus gave his own life for ideals for which he lived.  Throughout the cultures of the world there are such great examples and they remind us that life is not just something to be…

Romeo Dallaire and Using Depression

Posted on December 5, 2013

Here is a copy of my Huffington Post piece published today on Romeo Dallaire and his struggle with depression.   When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue.  I have never known him to be anything other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule.  Later, when he confirmed he had fallen asleep and that he was haunted by the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide about to be commemorated in April, it all made sense.  And it will only get worse when he flies back to that nation in a few months, visits the gravesites, witnesses again the countless…

Identity – Jesus, Branding and Politics

Posted on March 28, 2013

It’s Easter Week and for some it will only mean a few days off work or school.  For people of the Christian faith it will carry the deeper meanings of mortality and new life.  I’d like to pursue something unusual and trust the some don’t view it as irreverent.  Since we are considering thoughts on identity, I’d like to ponder how politics framed Jesus Christ’s final week but how it couldn’t ensnare or own who he truly was.  There are lessons in this for everyone considering a political life. When he rode into Jerusalem on that particular Palm Sunday, Jesus was entering a charged political atmosphere.  There was no way he could avoid it.  Jewish sects were vying for prominence, the general population was…

Smoke Signals

Posted on March 14, 2013

Long before the white smoke emerged from the small chimney in Rome the Roman Catholic church was already suffering from a thousand cuts. The occasion of papal succession served as a global lightning rod for the church’s many sins and its army of critics. And who can deny the troubling revelations that made their way into the public discourse over recent decades? Nobody seeking the truth of humanity and history, God-fearing or not, desires to gloss over the findings or put such failures back in the box. Yet I observed in mild alarm as contributors to both social and mainstream media alike took to trouncing the Roman Catholic church beyond all reasoning or charity. To the church’s sin were now added the iniquities of…

Call of Duty

Posted on November 20, 2012

It had been a good session – lots of talk and ideas about the need for a renewed sense of democratic possibility. The group I was speaking to last week responded warmly. Then the group’s leader stood up to thank me for the speech. What he said wasn’t what I expected. “Glen, given your passion and dedication towards citizenship, it is inevitable that you will have to run again for politics, at whatever level. In fact, I think all of us feel it’s your duty. We’re all frustrated with what’s going on.” He said many other nice things, but already my mind was wrestling. What do we say to this concept of a person fulfilling a duty by running for office? Is it legitimate,…