©2017 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
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Women wearing Burkas -Who ARE You?
Identification of Canadians and Quebec's Bill 62: Who Are You?
The Province of Quebec recently passed Bill 62, the ban of full-face covering —for anyone giving or receiving public services. The controversial ban is criticized by the 'politically-correct' as being specifically aimed at Muslim women. Wrong. It is not. It is aimed inclusively at all persons in Quebec, any and all individuals, any citizen, foreign, immigrant, visitor, asylum seeker, fake refugee or otherwise—any 'person' receiving or giving services who arrogantly insists upon hiding (his/her/its/gender-neutral, modified, transformed, whatever, your choice) their natural face. You got it, anyone in Quebec who hides their faces and identity from other Canadians is now required to conform to a common-sense law.
Who ARE You? Identification of Canadians... a valid Question of Security
"Who are you?" remains a valid question of security for people world-wide. Around the globe. Identification of Quebeckers, in fact any and all Canadians or others with covered faces in public places —is a security issue.
Don't like it? Get used to it. Join the modern world. France and other countries including Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands have done the same. Worth noting, some Muslim countries also recognize that security is paramount and must come first. Chad, and even Egypt are doing the same. With good reason. Terrorists use deception and hide their faces, gender, and intent. Full-face coverings are NOT an "Islamic" religious requirement contrary to the loudly-expressed opinions of perhaps well-intentioned—but ill-informed protesters.
Identification of Canadians and the Stigma of Hidden Faces
Here in Canada we are an 'open-faced society' and always have been. Hidden faces have traditionally and correctly borne the stigma of suspicion and evil. The indeterminate stranger approaches presenting unknown and potential danger. Lack of trust is invariably created, regardless of what lurks behind masks and other forms of face coverings.
Hidden faces have been and will continue to be associated with persons having something to hide, criminality, untrustworthy, evil intent. Shady individuals, attackers, break and enter artists and car thieves alike do not want their faces revealed before or after being caught. Terrorists with murder on their minds do not wish to be identified. ISIS 'fighters' and extremists of every kind practice secrecy of the worst kind. Hidden intent. Terrorism. The past 20 years has demonstrated an automatic correlation between hidden faces and masks, including "burquas and hijabs". We cannot help that. How unfortunate. But to deny the association between 'hidden faces' of any type and human lack of trust is to be naive, uninformed, and foolish.
Benefits of Open Faces and Identification of Canadians
Yes. Benefits. Open faces offer more than simple visual confirmation of identification. Uncovered faces increase trust between people in daily contact, on passing, standing face-to-face, silently, speaking directly to one another or not. Open faces improve communication via the inherent understanding of natural and unmistakable language of facial expression. Faces signal intent, friendship, status, happiness, sadness, good or evil —although such an interchange may be subtle, missed entirely, understood or not.
Why are there Objections to Reasonable and logical Identification of Canadians? Why is this even an issue?
Open, honest and uncovered faces improve tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance above all. Worth repeating, uncovered faces offer inclusion, acceptance, and even potential friendship to strangers. Open faces reduce concerns for personal safety— by honestly addressing, reducing or completely eliminating suspicion.
Canadians naturally object to covered faces for all of the above reasons. Canadians are, by our very identity, history and nature, friendly, open-faced, inclusive and tolerant of those who dress 'strangely' and those who may be 'different'. We want to know who specifically stands before us for any purpose.
On the Other Hand...
Want to be looked upon with suspicion by all? Try it. Cover your face fully. Hide your face from any and all observers and passers-by. Lurk in public places, courts of law, lineups at bus stops, at the mall, in lineups at the show, ceremonies, events, schools, the supermarket, the welfare office, or your neighbourhood community center. Try entering an airport wearing a balaclava—and see what happens. Expect to be confronted and identified.
While you're at it, protest Canadian social life, Canadian traditions, and whine loudly. Scream racism! Hide your face so nobody can determine who you are, what you are protesting and whining loudly for, or screaming dissent.
How about let's sneak about like it's Hallowe'en. Close enough. Pretend you're practicing "it's a woman's choice' , imagine you are a different gender and supporting "women's issues." Pretend that you're a 'feminist', as certain out-of-touch, ill-informed, confused and incompetent politicians posing as 'leaders' seem to be prone to encourage. Does a full-face covering make your voiced opinion any braver, any more valid? No. In fact, the opposite; the hidden face demonstrates cowardice.
One may use the excuse that a burqua, Lone Ranger mask, niquab, rubber Grinch-face, wooden voodoo mask, head-scarf, extreme-weather face-cover-hoodie, ski-mask, hollowed-out pumpkin-head, rubber duck costume, toque, or northern balaclava — is somehow justified by a "religious requirement" and a 'religion'. It is not. They are not. None of the above face coverings qualify for exemption or eliminate, dismiss, or trump the logical and reasonable quest for security for ALL Canadians.
Walk into a bank or jewelry store or bank—or any other civilized workplace with a full-face covering and try withdrawing money or inciting a nasty public demonstration— and discover why full face covering are a bad idea.
This is Canada. It is time for politicians of all stripes to remind themselves why the essential tradition of open-faced identification of Canadians IS the essence of Canada.
Is that Incoming I hear?
Posted in Civilization, Commentary, Ethics, Humanity, Life, Major Issues, Politics, The Human Mind, Uncategorized
Tagged burqua ban, covered faces ban, feminism, identification of Canadians, Islam, Muslim issues, Niquab ban, political Correctness, politics, protests, Quebec Bill 62, religion
©2016 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
What they don't tell you, Alice...
Uninformed? What They Don't Tell You
Do you ever get the feeling you are going through life uninformed? Playing catch-up? Suffering from a lack of information? The remediation for being left in the dark and discerning what they don't tell you (for whatever reason)—should be quite simple. Clarify known facts. Recognize and classify observable anomalies and contradictions. Develop alternative models , including an understanding of all relevant facts within reason. Question everything —as advised by Albert Einstein, then draw conclusions and re-question both the effectiveness of the deductive process and the value of the answer. Repeat as necessary...yada yada. Simple? No.
We wish it was simple to accurately discern and discover what they don't tell you, but logic suggests deeper issues may be involved; seemingly insignificant but nagging little white lies of convenience, half-truths, secrets, and fast-growing deceptions...all of which may be selective wool drawn over your eyes, manipulation, coverups, or attempts at avoidance meant to interfere with progress
or mess with your mind.
The Path to Discovery
The path to discovery and enlightenment may be long and arduous enough on the straight and narrow, but with adequate dilly-dallying it seems wide, wandering and easy paths more closely describe the typical status quo. What they don't tell you is that even otherwise intelligent, resourceful people meander, glance this way and that, accepting, adding and even promoting fanciful, constructs of their own in their sketchy attempts to relay information to you, the lost.
A simpler approach should be:
Ask. Discover. Use logic. Deduce. Listen to honest folks only. Follow the straight path to discovery. Truth is just around the corner behind the white picket fence. Let us try, but, alas...gaze down the rabbit-hole, Alice.
With a bird's-eye view you now optimistically dream up the right question. Do facts line up within logic? Was the apparent response honest, or clearly suspect? If so, ask again. Creative liars and miscreants
and crooked politicians become nervous when questioned. Complex webs of creative lies may have already been proffered in a state of panic—a moth-eaten blanket full of holes, further details of deception essential to hide the truth. 'What they don't tell you' may soon become an inescapable quagmire of perpetuated lies and distorted facts. Not simple to remember or escape from, 'half-truths' become essential prompts.
Half-truths: A plague
Interestingly, half-truths, political correctness and 'what they don't tell you' are all signature fallout from the modern degradation of honesty. Our compromised, deceptive but slick world suggests ' a plague of half-truths' and practiced political correct euphemisms are now more acceptable than truth, as long as feel-good 'success', status and wealth are achieved. Half-truths are manipulative tools, twisted fact, deception with intent, and imagined, childish justification —the means to any devious agenda and further decay.
Revelations of societal decay should not surprise; traditional values are ignored; sterling values are increasingly seldom taught, are even less frequently practiced, and now, upon occasion, may no longer even be expected by anyone.
In an observable, vicious cycle, offspring quickly learn lessons of instantaneous gratification as opposed to being carefully required to observe, learn and understand values. What have they not been told? The young may not have been advised that learning, morals, hard work, independent thought, charity, understanding and tolerance are essential. Blind acquiescence to the media, corporate power, greed, and the dark side of human nature with instant gratification are default lessons—at any cost.
What they don't tell you is that we have willfully failed to stem the flow of genuine humanity, wisdom and civility from our veins. We are complicit as we cheer and emulate the 1% and somehow vote for future generations of devious feel-good social manipulators, even the corrupt. In the media, we listen spellbound to insatiable, greedy, thoughtless, powerful, destructive, and short-sighted ideologues posing as potential leaders. What they don't tell you is changing everything for their benefit.
As we know , perfection in humanity is not possible, nor is it simple. We get that. But why? What they don't tell you, Alice...may also be the ultimate answer you seek...
Is it any surprise they don't tell you to think for yourself?
Is that Incoming I hear?