But as the courageous Bas Stevens showed us, you can make do without feet or legs, if you must.  Bas and I got into a few good debates, but he was never dull, and he didn’t dwell upon the loss of his legs to cancer.  But most of us are not strong like Bas was, and we need both feet to keep us balanced in life.

Bas tended to be ‘left-wing’, and I tend towards a more conservative outlook, but we could have a civil conversation whenever we met. We always greeted each other with warmth, even if the debate did heat up occasionally.

Civility and tolerance of opposing views are rapidly disappearing from what was once a beacon of the free West.  But all points of view are necessary to keep us intellectually balanced.  There are always times when the pendulum swings too far to the side of the dominant power, so there are never times of perfect balance and always  times when we’re in danger of being too far ‘right’ or too far ‘left’.

Political correctness pushers, with their brutish enforcers at ‘Human Rights Commissions, have moved the once free West on a downward skid to moral decay.  People are frightened to speak their truth.  A friend in the public school system told me the noose is tightening on teachers who hold to faith in God and His moral laws.  This educator fears the time is not far in the future, when to defend Biblical Christianity will mean the loss of jobs.  Can that be,….. in a free democratic country like ours?

Once everyone is running scared, it does not take long for tyranny to overwhelm a society, whether the control leans left or right is irrelevant.

My friend Lynn and I happily handed out each other’s campaign material, when we ran for public office.  She is decidedly NDP and I’m not.  I have a couple of friends who claim they are atheists.  I hope, by the grace of God, to help them see that God is real, and that Jesus died on the cross for them, as well as for my sins.  But, there is no question that these friends enrich my life, and often open my eyes to see the world with a bit more understanding.

That professor Jordan Peterson, of U of T, faces possible monetary hardship, or possibly worse ‘punishment‘ for refusing to compromise his own personal convictions, means Canada is allowing the left to destroy freedoms, so dearly won, at such great cost, as we just pondered on November 11th.  When enough of the country has been gutted of common-sense and moral inner strength, ……with our collective backbone replaced by jelly, we will be sitting ducks for just about any power that wants to move in to the vacuum within our minds and souls.  A disheartened people is a weakened people.

North Korea has to be the ultimate worst example of millions held captive by relatively few despots, but it’s by far not the only place on earth, where the general populace have no voice.

It is to be hoped that many Canadian’s will step up to defend Dr. Peterson’s freedom from the tyranny to conform.  He may be brilliant but could probably use some help about now, to stand against the demand that he relinquish his personal freedom and give in to political correctness.


The Rules for Making Peace

Raised and toughened in the frigid wastelands of Northern Alberta, has flown a hammer-head roll in a carbon-fiber stuntplane, piloted a mahogany racing sailboat around Alcatraz Island, explored an Arizona meteorite crater with a group of astronauts, built a Native American Long-House on the upper floor of his Toronto home, and been inducted into the coastal Pacific Kwakwaka’wakw tribe.

Jordan PetersonHe’s been a dishwasher, gas jockey, bartender, short-order cook, beekeeper, oil derrick bit re-tipper, plywood mill laborer and railway line worker. He’s taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and businessmen, consulted for the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Development, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an advisor to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, identified thousands of promising entrepreneurs on six different continents, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe.

With his students and colleagues, Dr. Peterson has published more than a hundred scientific papers, transforming the modern understanding of personality, and revolutionized the psychology of religion with his now-classic book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. As a Harvard professor, he was nominated for the prestigious Levinson Teaching Prize, and is regarded by his current University of Toronto students as one of three truly life-changing teachers.Jordan in a Plane

He’s a Quora Most Viewed Writer in Values and Principles and Parenting and Education with 40,000 Twitter followers and 5500 Facebook likes. His YouTube channel’s 150 videos have 44,000 subscribers and  1,600,000 views, and his classroom lectures on mythology were turned into a popular 13-part TV series on public television. Dr. Peterson’s online self-help program, The SelfAuthoring Suite, featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, CBC radio, and NPR’s national website, has helped tens of thousands of people resolve the problems of their past and radically improve their future.