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Of Us

Posted February 8, 2018 by jim young in Lifestyle

Old ways won’t open new doors.” – anon

It’s law now. “O Canada”, Canada’s National anthem has officially had 2 words changed in it.

Who would’ve thought changing 2 small words, “thy sons” to “of us”, would have created such an uproar that would be debated for almost 30 years?

I wonder how much energy and how many dollars have been spent debating this change? Energy and dollars that could both have been better spent elsewhere.

And for what? In today’s culture it certainly seems to make sense, so why not change it?

Was it worth all the fuss?

It’s not the first time the lyrics have been changed (thank goodness) and it likely won’t be the last.

The original English lyrics read “thou dost in us command” before being changed to “all thy sons command”.

From that perspective the latest change “in all of us command” is really closer to the original, changing “thou dost in” to “in all of”.

The French version (the REAL original) reads, “Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!” which, translated to English would be “Glorious deeds circle your brow.”

I’m glad we got THAT one out of our system.

I suspect the large vocal majority that have opposed the change of the lyrics to “O Canada” fall into 2 categories.

  1. Those that are opposed to the ruling party making the change and they will object to anything the ruling party attempts just on principle whether it’s good for the country or not.
  2. Those that are reluctant to accept any change.

Both are pretty lame excuses.

I would speculate that most of these same people would be hard pressed to sing or recite from memory, the entire lyrics of “O Canada” they profess to be so dear to them.

To those that suggest we sing “O Canada” the way it was originally written, you might want to look up how it was “originally written” before you voice your position too loudly.

Pearl S. Buck once wrote, “You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come into contact with a new idea.”

Many years ago earth was inhabited by creatures that reigned for about 180 million years. But they were unable to adapt to change and they no longer exist.

We call these creatures dinosaurs.

Our world; our culture will continue to change.

Those that welcome change and can adapt will lead us into the future.

Those that cannot will go the way of the dinosaur.

The dinosaur didn’t have the mental capacity or physical ability to adapt to the changes that were happening in their lifetime.

Do you?

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