I am restraining myself as I do not wish to contribute to the hate and division that is plaguing our societies. I keep many of my thoughts and suspicions on this topic to myself.
But I still can’t not comment on this “freedom” convoy that is coming to mess up our lives here in Ottawa this weekend.
Freedom to do what? Let me tell you:
- The freedom to infect others with a severe illness.
- The freedom to act in a way that can be a direct, tangible threat to the lives of some of the most vulnerable among us.
- The freedom not to take part in preventing the spread of a severe communicable disease.
- More broadly, the freedom from any responsibility towards others in our society.
Presenting this as “freedom” offends me deeply, as I personally experienced not being free, having grown up in a communist dictatorship. What is evident to me is that you don’t know what it is like to be deprived of freedom. This is why you cannot tell the difference between a true desire to be free as opposed to just blind, unconstrained selfishness and egotism, the freedom to do whatever the heck you want with no regard to any consequences that might impact the lives of others.