Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.~Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), My Several Worlds .
"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey
"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi
"A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying,"
~Pope John Paul II
As for this, this is a bit disgraceful and ridiculous. Protesting a HOSPICE of all things? These are much needed areas for the sick/homeless, and very beneficial to the communities they're built in.
And yet these people are afraid they will decrease property values? On top of the superstitions of nearby death...
But this is an interesting argument. Is their religious freedom being violated here, or are they simply being very insensitive? I'm sort of inclined to go with the latter.
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It seems a bit ridiculous to me. But I'm sort of the wrong person to judge. I'll never be able to own a million dollar house. In my mind a house is where you live, not something you buy to resell. If I owned a house and the property values began to drop, great! Less taxes to pay.
I also feel like it's very selfish for these people to try to stop the building of something to help sick Canadians on the basis of it being against Chinese culture. If they're so fond of their culture, why did they move to Canada? I don't think Canadians should be expected to make sacrifices to preserve someone else's culture within their own country. Should we also pick up the tradition of parents of abandoning young girls to die or become slaves/prostitutes because we want good profitable male children? If I went to China I wouldn't be protected by Canadian law, so why should Chinese people in Canada be protected by Chinese cultural taboos? I feel kinda bad about that opinion, but I hold it just the same.
I dunno; it's interesting to see how Chinese superstitions are playing out in Canada for this case! I'm wondering if there are better places for a future hospice though?
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Canada does not consider itself a cultural melting pot, and as such, many cultural and religious differences are tolerated and preserved. But there does have to be a standard set in some areas.
Wait. I just realized something. Those people payed a million dollars to move to Canada.
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