The facts of life are quite simple, no one sets out deliberately to screw up, it
just happens. Most often because of a planning or conceptual error of some sort but
the reason is rarely important because the result is the thing, the only thing that
anyone will notice.
On Wednesday I stood admiring the old facade of the Imperial Bank that once
faced Scarth Street between Eleventh and Railway, it was on the west side of the
street and right beside it was the Richardson building. That was the last
place I remember seeing a newsboy. Most people who read this will not remember what
a newsboy was, but before there were automated newspaper vending machines, there
were street kids who stood with a stack of papers behind them and a few under one
arm and shouted out the day's headlines. "Read all
about it, Ross Thatcher crosses the floor to join the Liberals" They were always pretty dirty and I couldn't figure how they
avoided having to attend school because Saskatchewan had its attendance act a very
long time ago.
But that is the distant past, the stone work stands in the Cornwall Centre
mall with a nice little sign that tells us that "every
woman needs a little black dress." Nice
sign but for a simpleton like me that just leads to the question, "why?"
I liked the scene and clicked off an image. The next morning I looked at the image
and thought I should check out that web site that the banner proclaims, alas the
web site is not functional. That tells you volumes, a carefully crafted sign set
before a nice architectural piece that is totally meaningless. You see, it is an
The rhetoric and the actions of the Islamic fanatics are matched word for word and
measure for measure by those who like to refer to themselves as Christians. I think
I feel a lot like the people of the Islamic faith who share the shame of the radicals
who are now in the midst of a "jihad." The other day there was a news story that reports that the
American adventure in the Middle East has resulted in 100,000 civilians casualties
at this point. I am now pretty certain why my feelings towards churches and those
who support them are becoming seriously negative. What is being done in the name
is definite proof of some serious misalignment of reality.
But I must tell myself, it is an imperfect world. Things screw up, small things like
my ink jet printer and big things like the most powerful military power in the world.
I must redirect my thinking and not tar all "Christians" with the Bush brush, just as I must ask others not
to dub all Moslems with the Osama taint. It is an imperfect world.
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