The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “uniqueness

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Posted on July 1, 2018

In an increasingly globalized world, where we’re increasingly pressured to become more alike – buy the same products, eat the same fast foods, visit the same travel destinations – there’s a lot to be said for living in a country that has its own sense of uniqueness.  On this Canada Day, let’s celebrate some of our county’s oddities. We existed for about a hundred years before we got our own flag in 1965. Over 75% of the world’s maple syrup supplies come from Quebec. We are so proficient at using the word “eh” that it appears as a valid term in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. You can write a letter to Santa Claus in any language and send it to the postal code H0H…

Who Are You?

Posted on February 4, 2013

Who are you? Seriously. For that matter, who are we? Oscar Wilde used to wonder if people really knew themselves, what was truly unique about their personalities. At one point he said: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” I used to think that statement a little bleak, until a couple of weeks ago, when, in a discussion with some engaged citizens, I asked who they really were and received a kind of collective blank stare. I pressed and eventually there emerged a list of the books they liked, who their parents were, where they went to school, and what kind of politics they supported. It was clear by the time it…