The Cataclysmic Price of Silence
“Speaking your truth matters so much as it will shape your future, the future of your children and the generations to come.”
Health is not just a matter of individual well-being; it intertwines with systemic inequalities, access to resources, and the very structures that shape our lives. To address health issues indirectly, we must tread carefully, mindful of the many factors at play, while striving to uncover the root causes and inequalities that often remain hidden beneath the surface. Engaging in these discussions requires a nuanced understanding of the ways in which health intersects with society, demanding a broader perspective and a deeper commitment to social change.
In today’s world the lines from the song The Sound of Silence written by Simon and Garfunkel “Fools” said I, “You do not know, silence like a cancer grows” seems so fitting. Suppressing one’s feelings while going along with the narrative has a price to pay as your moral convictions ebb away. The popular statement, “you either stand for something or fall for everything” rings true but the fear of being ostracized from society often wins when you supress your emotions for acceptance. We no longer have online freedom of speech with Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act and with the Gender Identity and The Human Rights Act (Former Bill C-16) which only gives the freedom of expression to a small minority of the population while restricting the freedom of expression to the rest of society. At best, we have temporary privileges of speech until some isolated group of society is offended.
Speaking your mind can have serious consequences, more so if you are a public figure. In the background, the elite will convince you to believe that the socially oppressed, the minority of the population, need a voice, and yes, they do but so does everyone else. The elite set the guidelines and since the politicians are in their pockets, they do their bidding and laws are created to suppress the voices of the majority, who, begrudgingly capitulate and participate in the madness. When laws are created to suppress our freedom, rather than remaining silent, your new mantra needs to be “I do not consent” since we all have the same equal right of expression.
Do you have a right to your opinion? According to the Charter Statement for Bill C-18 “[s]ection 2(b) of the Charter provides that everyone has freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, and includes freedom of the press and other media of communication. Section 2(b) has been broadly interpreted as encompassing any activity or communication, aside from violence or threats of violence, which conveys or attempts to convey meaning.
The political agenda attempting to change society is starting to wear thin on the edges and groups are starting to make a stand and speak out in opposition, especially when it comes to the indoctrination of their children in public schools. Many ethnic groups have strong religious values and are led by conviction of heart—they are raised with a spiritual understanding and belief, one’s upbringing will dictate their social tolerance. “It boils down to moral values rooted firmly in one’s faith, not in a political ideology — left or right” writes Yasir Qadhi in his article ‘Muslims opposed to LGBTQ curricula for their kids aren’t bigots.’ Yet making it political seems to be a working tactic when trying to force one’s ideology on others. Now Muslims in Canada are planning the ‘Million Person March’ to protest LGBTQ+ ideology in schools—the date of the ‘Million March 4 Children’ is September 20th. Even unlikely allies, Christians and Muslims, join forces. “When I came here 22 years ago, the Christians were the majority, and I was a Muslim. They did not force the agenda to teach my kid Christianity. They respected my identity, even though they were the majority. Now, less than one percent of the population force their agenda on every single one of us” says Aziz Wadya, an Egyptian immigrant and one of the Muslims criticizing the LGBTQ+ ideological expansion.
When people remain silent with issues they strongly object, they are forced to live dual lives: they go along with the agenda in public settings and speak their mind with friends and selected family in private quarters. If your grandparents were transported in time to today, how would you explain your silence, how would you answer their questions about your acceptance and social tolerance to matters that you strongly disagree with? Is it better to stand by conviction on your own and be considered a fool than acquiesce to gain public acceptance? That is the question facing the silent majority today.
I consider myself blessed to have been raised in a time when parents were regarded as the child’s guardian and had the authority to decide what is in their child’s best interests. After all, they gave them life and love and wanted for them the very best. In today’s world confusion has slithered its way under the guise of protection that is hidden under the umbrella of the U.N. Parents who willfully trust the educational system, not fully comprehending that the systematic brainwashing is well underway in public schools. Today enlightened parents must claw their way back to be the authority of their children’s lives. These renegade school boards closely resemble the operations of a cult; in the classroom they create doubt in the minds of the impressionable children who are desiring acceptance. The child becomes insecure going along with the agenda and is often told to keep the secret from their parents.
Real problems start when they take your six-year-old for story-reading time and a man wearing a dress calling himself a woman tells the children that they need to identify who they really are, what they feel they are. They are six, how can they decide at that age? With fighting back, the following measures were to be introduced immediately in Saskatchewan:
- parents/guardians must be informed about the sexual health education curriculum and have the option to decline their children’s participation; and,
- boards of education must immediately pause involvement with any third-party organization connected to sexual health education as the ministry undertakes review of educational resources to ensure alignment with curriculum outcomes. Only teachers, not outside third-parties, will be able to present sexual education materials in the classroom.
How did we arrive at this point? I think it happened when the family was replaced by the digital lure of instant gratification of smart devises. In the past, the family unity was held together at the family table. My fondest days of childhood were centered around the family table at mealtime, breaking bread and giving thanks—a moment we could depend on, the ritual of sitting together as a family unit. Children need order, they need routine for grounding, acceptance and belonging, and they need to have a safe place where they are loved. Today we have established safe places in schools. Could these safe spaces be set as a replacement for what has been lost in the family circle?
The article written in Stanford Medicine, Children’s Health supports the idea that “[d]inner is a perfect opportunity to build self-esteem in children. By listening to what children have to say, you are saying, ‘I value what you do; I respect who you are and what you’re doing; what you do is important to me.’”
Stanford Medicine is not the only source with this opinion. In an article written by Erica Jackson Curran, titled ‘7 Science-Based Benefits of Eating Together as a Family’ the author claims that “[e]ating meals together just might be the ultimate parenting hack. What else can you do in an hour that will improve your kids’ academic performance, increase their self-esteem, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce their risk of substance misuse, depression, teen pregnancy, and obesity?” “Despite family mealtimes being hugely beneficial to kids, only about 30% of families manage to eat together regularly.” Who would have thought that abandoning mealtime would have cascaded society into the mess we are in today?
You may be thinking: what does this have to do with health? If you inwardly examine, it means everything and be aware that “repression is the unconscious blocking of unpleasant emotions, impulses, memories, and thoughts from your conscious mind. First described by Sigmund Freud, the purpose of this defense mechanism is to try to minimize feelings of guilt and anxiety. Repression is often confused with suppression, another type of defense mechanism. Where repression involves unconsciously blocking unwanted thoughts or impulses, suppression is entirely voluntary. Specifically, suppression is deliberately trying to forget or not think about painful or unwanted thoughts.”
These feelings can lead to stress, depression and feeling isolated, which can lead to multiple health conditions from heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, weakened immunity and lack of confidence. Without addressing the core issues, it can lead to a vicious circle that seems impossible to break without therapy.
When the world seems to be closing in and you hide your true feelings just to fit in, you need to know that you are not alone; there is a massive segment of the population just like you. There comes a time when we acknowledge that the cup of iniquity is full and running over; it is then when we either capitulate or make a stand and voice our concerns. Speaking your truth matters so much as it will shape your future, the future of your children and the generations to come. Once we endure our struggles and achieve our victories, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with those of like-mindedness. Always remember: you are not alone and together we will be counted among those who had the courage to fight for what they believed in.
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