So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, February 20, 2017

Special people in a special land.

Imagine a land where everyone is nice to everyone. Everyone is required in this land to be nice to everyone except, that is, to those deemed 'not nice'. Because the 'not nice' are not nice, i.e., they are deemed 'not nice' by other people who imagine them to be 'not nice' merely because those 'non-nice people' propose that everyone should be treated fairly and that it is unfair to treat some people as more special than others, one need not, therefore, be nice to those deemed 'not nice'.

This same land of 'the nice' allows certain people to enjoy a certain specialness, and one is required to be nice to the special people even when those special people, or people of the special class, are not nice. If the creed of the specially classed people specifies that one of their members need not be nice, even to the non-special people who recognized the special people as deserving of special treatment, then the member of the special people need not be nice to non-special people. And yet, non-nice and non-special people are expected to be nice to these people of the special class because, it is thus decreed, that the specially classed people are special and need not be held to the same rules as others.

Canada is that land.
special (adj.)
c. 1200, "better than ordinary," from Old French special, especial "special, particular, unusual" (12c., Modern French spécial) and directly from Latin specialis "individual, particular" (source also of Spanish especial, Italian speziale), from species "appearance, kind, sort".
Meaning "marked off from others by some distinguishing quality" is recorded from c. 1300; that of "limited as to function, operation, or purpose" is from 14c.
—Online Etymological Dictionary
Imagine a land where feelings smother reason and truth and justice and inalienable rights such as freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. That land, too, is Canada.

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