Agree or Disagree: Calgary Folk Festival should ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses.


Last Week, The Edmonton Folk Festival announced that they would ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses. This was met with much support from the community of Edmonton and around the province of Alberta.

For those who wonder why they would do this, here is a good read on the topic

Meanwhile, in the fine City of Calgary, we have a Folk Festival coming up this weekend. Which incidentally, tickets are down 10 to 15 percent and is NOT sold out. They have decided to not ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses.

This is an article from Metro News on why the Calgary Folk Festival should do this.

Do you Agree or Disagree that the Calgary Folk Festival should ban Pseudo Indigenous Headdresses?

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Agree or Disagree: Society has a cultural bias towards extroverts.


One of my all time favourite books is Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

For the record, my Myers-Briggs is ENFJ. My E and I is close and my P and J are also close. I kind of look at myself as an Extrovert Introvert.

One of the reasons I love Cain’s book so much is because it does shine some light on what presume is the success of the extrovert. It also shares how we underestimate the power of the introvert.

As an example, think of some of the qualities we like in a leader. Great charisma, great communicator, ability to inspire etc. Qualities more recognized in an extrovert or an introvert leaders. We underestimate the ability to prepare and to push themselves and others.

In this article, Cain argues that our society has a cultural bias towards extroverts. As an example, here is what she says about the education system.

In a way education by its nature favours the extrovert because you are taking kids and putting them into a big classroom, which is automatically going to be a high-stimulation environment. Probably the best way of teaching in general is one on one, but that’s not something everyone can afford. So, school ends up becoming this place where introverted kids learn that they have to act like extroverts.

What do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree that Society has a cultural bias towards extroverts?

Agree or Disagree: Ban E-Cigarette’s


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Let’s face it. You and I both know are I’m pretty cool. I’m hip! I’m trendy!

But, I must admit I’m not cool enough to smoke E-Cigarettes.

You might be! It’s the latest little thing that many are smoking now.

However, as you can read in This Article from the Calgary Herald, there is a discussion about banning them.

Why?

Because some critiques have argued that it “normalizes smoking for youth”. They also argue that e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco but vapour. In other words, there are some health concerns.

However, some would argue that there are benefits. Some argue that E-Cigarettes actually help people Quit smoking. They would also argue that there are no health risks to this at all.

My questions are this.

Are you one of the cool kids who smoke E-Cigarettes? Compare them to cigarettes?

Should we ban E-Cigarettes? Why or why not?

Agree or Disagree: Canada needs to regain it’s cultural backbone


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This is an interesting commentary from Brian Lilley from Sun News.

There was a story in the Sun about a 17 year old girl named Sonja Power from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was told that her Aikido class would be divided by gender. Men on one side and women on the other.

The reason? Because there is a Muslim man that requested it.

I might have mentioned this before, but when Sun News tells a story, I feel like there is something missing. This is another example of that.

Let us look at this story from The National Post. Here is the link. http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/01/17/halifax-aikido-students-request-not-to-touch-women-because-of-his-religion-not-an-issue-instructors-say/

It seems that this wasn’t actually an issue. As a matter of fact, it seems like the class understood his point.

It would seem that the reason this Muslim man for religious reasons didn’t want to be in physical contact with the females in the class.

So, on one end, we have a perspective that an action like this, as well as what happened at York University with the Muslim man asking to not participate with a female group in his class, is a sign of Canada losing it’s cultural backbone.

On the other side, it would appear this might be part of Canada’s strength. Trying to respect where people are from and well, perhaps being friendly.

What do you think? Are we losing our cultural backbone? Or, are we being a respectful culture?

Agree or Disagree: Men are being “Wussified”-A perspective from a Man.


I tend not to get overly personal here, but I would like to tell you what I did Sunday.

I was out at the pub with guys watching football. We drank beer, ate wings, and cheered the Seattle Seahawks to victory.

I did that last weekend.

I’m going to do that in two weeks.

In this video,people are on Elisabeth Hasselbeck for the comments about asking about “Wussifying” males being a threat to National Security. Granted, not the brightest question in the world. However, the author of this book, Nick Roach, said absolutely!

I’m not sure where Nick Roach lives. I’m not sure Elisabeth Hasselbeck lives. But where I live, it would seem to me that being a man is in no way being threatened.

However, they asked the wrong question.

Some men like to hunt. Some men like to fish. Some men love cars. Some men do not. Some prefer other activities. It doesn’t mean one man is better or more manly than another.

Instead of asking how we are “wussifying” men,why don’t we have a conversation about what a quality man is?

Why don’t we stop looking at what a man is by the amount of stuff he has? There are several men who have everything life can grant to them. Money, stuff, looks, attitude. Yet, they treat women, and other people, like garbage. Some have abandoned kids.

What we should do is applaud the men that are honourable. The men who have lots or little that put their family and friends first. That take the time to contribute positively to culture. Be it volunteering, advocating, defending and supporting others. Many who do so quietly and with dignity. They may or may not hunt, or fish, or drive a car. They may prefer a simpler lifestyle.

But if you asked their friends and family, they would call them a man. And they are loved for it.

At the end of life, the things that will matter and the things that I will reflect on is not how you measured up to society’s image of man.

What will matter is the type of man I became.

Agree or Disagree: There is a war on Christmas


Agree or Disagree: There is a war on Christmas

This picture is becoming very frequent throughout the year,

Happy Holidays.

The intent of this is to cover all of the holidays that happens during this time of year. These include the following:
Hanukkah
Winter Solstice
Saint Lucia’s Day
Soyal
Christmas Eve

And of course….

Christmas.

Christmas is THE time many Christians and also do celebrate. It is a fabric of our culture for many religious and non-religious. However , many Christians have expressed at the concern turning Merry Christmas into Happy Holidays. The reason is of course because of Christ. They feel that, and sorry to be cliche here, but Jesus is the reason for the season. It is important for them to celebrate that aspect. So, some feel that the phrase Happy Holidays takes that away.

Some Christians also feel that the over commercialization of Christmas is a concern as well. The focus on Santa Claus, Frosty and other non-Christian elements take away the “true meaning of Christmas.”

What do you think? Is there a war on Christmas?

Agree or Disagree: Christians idolize virginity. Culture disrespects it


If you have been around the church for any length of time, you have heard the discussion about “saving yourself for marriage”

There have been some very impassioned and some might say, insistent pleas for this. There have been abstinence pledges signed,purity rings worn. A very strong and clear stance on saving yourself for marriage.

While many feel this is good, and biblical, there was an interesting question brought forth mainly through this blog http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/christians-idolize-virginity.

Let’s picture the scenario. Perhaps you have been here.

Group of people surrounding each other after a church message. Sharing with joy and gratitude that they have accepted God’s plan for marriage. They have waited and felt blessed. 

Except there is one, maybe two that as the conversation goes on feels less and less like the rest of the group. They haven’t waited. They made a decision for whatever personal reason that is to have it. They are concerned that if they open up, they would feel condemned and judged. They hear the messages. They hear the lingo. They know where they stand.

I think when you read the blog from Rachel and the links that follow, you will get a great perspective. However, I would like to paint another scenario.

Another group of people. They are gathering around after a party weekend. They are bragging about their sexual escapades of the weekend. Who they were with and how they felt. 

In the same group, there is a couple that for personal reasons that do not have to be connected with a religion, simply do not live that way. Maybe they do or do not practice a faith, but they have decided that they will wait for a deep commitment before they go there. But as this conversation goes on, they get more and more uncomfortable. They decide not to open up. Why? They know the lingo. They know the message. They see and feel that they will get judged for waiting.

So, I also ask, does our culture actually disrespect the idea of virginity? You will note that in Rachel’s blog those that have not waited feel disqualified from the conversation of “purity”. But there may be some that feel that their choice of abstaining  has as well.

What do you think