Editors Note: The following is an article I wrote as a guest writer for the Barrie ON based blog www.civiliansheepdog.com back in March of 2011 shortly after the disaster the struck Japan. It has gone through a mild revision for posting to my home blog.
I dont have a huge amount to say today but I just want you to think about something briefly. Regardless of whatever crime statistics or talk about bad neighbourhoods or dangerous neighbourhoods in your area right now by being a part of the first world by being a part of this country means that we live in one of the safer places on earth. I can walk down my street at night (most nights at least) without any fear of being harmed I can go to sleep knowing that chances are good I will wake up the next morning. Cherish every moment of this comfort my friends.
That safety can be taken away from us in an instant. Our opposition the threats for which we train for is not just the people we may one day have to fight off or the animal that could be the answer between starvation and survival. I believe and I dont think anyone can disagree with me that one of the biggest dangers that merits respect from us is mother nature this has been proven many times and our generation has seen it first hand in Haiti and most recently on the island of Japan.
Alongside these horrible disasters which have torn through Japan, Chile and Haiti there are millions of people around the world who do not live with the same comforts we enjoy every day. These people live all across the world and on occasion right here on our own soil.
At this very moment to be brief we have civil unrest in Libya and Egypt and we have almost endless political crisis and military conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, crime and terrorism off the coast of africa and on occasion threats that strike right here in our own backyard. (crime and domestic terrorism)
Alongside all of these horrible events that we watch on CNN and CBC every night we have people in this very country right now. A country by most other standards of living should be considered impossible to starve in we have people who right now cannot afford both power and food. we have people who cannot afford medicine which they must pay out of pocket because it is not considered vital for maintaining "qualit life". The sheepdog mindset in my opinion has evolved from a brief little quote taken from a psychology professor and has created its own belief system and society.
Something that is in between a peasent and a warrior. Someone who stands ready to keep the wolves of everyday life at bay be they natural or man made, someone who is comfortable risking their neck to protect someone else not out of blood relation or for queen and country but simply because it is the right thing to do.
In closing I ask you please join Civiliansheepdog.com in sending out some prayers for the people of Japan who right now are not in the best of places and If you can afford to do so then please considering donating to the relief effort you can do so via the Canadian Red Cross, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada as well as through most mobile service providers.
And I just want to leave you with a challenge. please think about how you can make an impact in your community. no matter how small an impact you make somebody will appreciate it.
Be ready and stay safe