For 40 years, our community has fought to restore Individual Rights in Quebec – without much success. More than a generation later, our battle is different. Today, we are joined by the ‘silent majority’, who believe in Equality, and resent the restrictive nature of our language laws.
Twenty years ago, our community organized itself and fought hard for change. Tens of thousands united for a common goal – without email, without Facebook, and without YouTube.
From the outside, things look different than they were. A different generation; the ‘Silent Majority’; and technology that allows us to get organized in the comfort of our own homes.
On the ‘inside’, little has changed in twenty years. Feuds within, and between organizations, are dividing us in a time when it is crucial for us to Unite. Every group has accomplished great things, and I could not be more proud of all the individuals who have donated their time and effort to fight for our Rights.
With every passing day, more of our friends and family are leaving. This puts us in a precarious position, whereby our limited human resources are slowly depleting. Furthermore, with each new group that surfaces, we dilute our resources.
We need to come together – now more than ever. Over the last few months, we have heard some wonderful speeches that truly inspire, but being the proud Canadians that we are, we remain overly passive and simply complain from our couches. It is not in our nature to stir things up. Heck, someone bumped into me the other day and I apologized to him!
His misplaced shoulder to my head was an accident. On the other hand, had his intentions been a deliberate attempt to ‘step on my toes’, I would have held my ground and stood up for myself. He was a big guy, so i would have hoped that my friends would stand by my side, if push came to shove.
So, here we are…being pushed and shoved, and all my friends are running in different directions, all while complaining about how much it hurts to be trampled on.
Do actions speak louder than words? Or, Is the pen is mightier than the sword? The answer, in my eyes, is obvious. I’d much rather be holding a sword than a pen on the frontline. Better yet, I’d prefer to be surrounded by all my friends – united and working together to take the giant down.
Mark S. Bergeron