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BEECHEY: What is really important in your life? 

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There is much in our world I do not understand. Some of these issues have reared their ugly heads throughout the pandemic and especially with the invasion of the Ukraine.

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Here is one: Why have we exported our own oil/gas yet import it from Russia? Where is the common sense in supporting, caring for our own people first?

If governments, which are obviously controlled by the big money corporations, had actually listened to the scientist back in the 1970s when they discovered how we were killing our planet, and started working to save it, we would not be still using fossil fuels today and killing the planet, no matter where it came from.

Most of us have no idea where our oil/gas products come from. But then we don’t like paying the prices of Canadian products do we? We want the wages, but we won’t support the products that give us that higher wage, so most of what we buy comes from poorer countries. But that has allowed us to buy all the other stuff. Clothes we don’t wear. Hundreds of channels and entertainment venues, music, games. Most of these things are not bad, but they are purchased and used in excess. Too many Canadians have become very greedy, selfish, extremely ‘me’ oriented and addicted to buying things.

Pandemics and wars have a way changing lives, and it could hit very hard very soon. Have you thought about what will happen if China sides with Russia in this war? What would be left on our shelves if sanctions against China kick in? So much of what we buy, including our food, comes from China. Amazing to think that these two countries could drop the free world to our knees if they worked together.

The pandemic showed how many people cared about others but also how many only cared for themselves. My cousin just died because of COVID and I found out yesterday a friend here in Tillsonburg has it. It is not over.

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Did going through the pandemic make you think about what is really important in your life? If it didn’t, it is time to really pay attention to the values that you and family put on your lives.

Changes on the world level must come from our country, our provinces, our municipalities, our families and each individual. Every lofty ideal like the legendary ‘World Peace’ we want must start with you, forming an ‘us’ to go up the chain.

During this war, we may be finding empty shelves or forced to change the way we travel to our jobs, or unemployed. Some will have to curtail spending money and focus on what we need to live and work. That might mean growing a garden, wearing out the clothes we have, stopping the junk food, booze and recreational drugs. You may have to cut back on entertainment packages or learn to entertain yourself by doing crafts that can be used, sold, worn or eaten.

No matter what happens with the war, your children’s or grandchildren’s futures still need to be saved. We must stop climate change at many levels, right now! Start learning how from reputable science and nature sites. I rely on a trustworthy Canadian, David Suzuki, at davidsuzuki.org .

It is time you understood what is happening in the world around you. Watch, read, listen to reputable news services. Consider what you read. Discuss it with others. If it involves our basic needs like clean water, air and safe food, act immediately. It is up to us to instigate change and stop big corporations from destroying the earth to make more money. It is your country and it’s time for everyone to take ownership and pride in it – and save it.

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