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The Maple Leaf Forever

G'Oh Canada!

I am ridiculously proud of being Canadian right now.

It's ridiculous, because I'm always proud of being a Canadian.

Ridiculous, because I'm not athletic in the least. In fact, I mistrust the culture of sports worship.
Ridiculous, because I know how awful Olympic politics can be, how overheated and chemically-suspect the athletic events are. Ridiculous because so much in the world - war, injustice, scientific progress, the fight for good - demands my attention and heart, and an athletic event is way, way down the list, and should be.

And yet ... and yet, I'm so proud of the Olympic Games being in Vancouver. Our country is so beautiful, and we are welcoming the world tonight. The fact that our First Nations were a major part of the ceremonies, and that it was considered proper that they be considered just that - nations - brought tears to my eyes.

Do well, Canada. Treat our visitors well. Compete honorably. Make friends. Be Magnificent.


Feb. 15th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
It seems to me that almost unthinkingly harking back to the true Olympic spirit, before the miasma of commercialism, is a Canadian sort of thing to do.
(Disclaimer: yes, I have a Yank's diminutive direct experience of Canada, but at least when I saw Michael Moore's silly stunt of walking randomly into unlocked front doors in Toronto, I could say, "I recognize those houses! I know that neighborhood!")
Feb. 15th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Well, Canadians have more than their share of faults (a bizarre mixture of inferiority and smug superiority being first on the list, says one who knows), but, yeah.

When I came to the U.S., it took quite some time for me to learn to lock my apartment and car doors. Now, when I go home, I'm sad to see that my mom is doing the same thing.

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