There has been much debate locally, mostly on social media, about how people feel about the possibility the Nav Centre in Cornwall will play host to a few hundred Syrian Refugees. I welcome the idea. I am often heard talking about how we always take care of our own. In this case it’s time for us to extend that care.
That care can be as simple as welcoming them to our community. I know there are groups already doing the gently used item collections and other things to offer them a decent start but if that’s not something you want to take part in that’s fine. Just by accepting that we can help and house them here temporarily is enough and I would bet really all they ask.
Here’s how I see it. I am lucky to live in the great country/city and enjoy the freedoms and other perks that come with it, like being safe from some intense conflict in other parts of the world. I imagine if the world was flipped and I was fleeing my war torn country in order to keep my family safe and sound, I would hope for the same courtesy and not looking for many handouts but just a chance to live a normal and safe life.
I believe you get back what you put into this life and in this instant for me it’s time to put in. What will come I don’t know but I am willing to wait and see. Is there a fail proof screening system to rest everyone’s mind at ease?…no. But in this case I see that most of who want to come are families looking to escape. I also would imagine they don’t wanna live at the Nav Centre forever and want to build and actual life for themselves and move on from here or become a contributing member of the community.
Basing your opinion on fear and the odd post or commentary that freaks you out is exactly what the terrorists of the world want. The more hate they can breed the better for them. It’s time to let love, kindness and compassion emanate from Canada and Cornwall to help make this planet a better place.
You can call my glass half full, my glasses rose coloured if you’d like but that is the kind of city/country/world I want to live in with my family. That doesn’t mean I ignore the issues like they don’t exist or pose any threat but I make conscious decisions and do things that help promote and happier, peaceful and compassionate place.
Watching this last night on the AMAs helped me decide to let my opinion be known. Listen to your heart and no just the rhetoric.