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True Colours

The latest column from Marc Legare
A Distant View

Marc Legare is a philosopher and motorcycle adventurist.
He has travelled extensively, worked and lived in Australia, US, and across Canada.
He has a varied working career including: Firefighter, Lawyer, Navy, Motorcycle Importer, plus others.
He chose to return to southern Saskatchewan because of his family's deep roots here.

There is one positive happening amid all the negatives we are experiencing during this crisis. As with all troubled times, an individual's true colors shine through. Each person has inevitably shown just who they are, both good and bad, and relationships have been damaged or destroyed as a result. People are growing closer to, and respecting more, people they once disliked. Conversely, others they knew well, or thought they did, are being seen for who they are. This is happening between once good friends and close families. After the pain is gone, this will be a wonderful thing.

During good times, it is easy for someone with selfish intentions, weakness of character, lack of genuine morals, or just plain old cowardice, to hide who they intrinsically are. During non-challenging, prosperous times, poor qualities are seldom, if ever, challenged. Furthermore, most people are not looking too closely at a persons inner being because few are under genuine threat. For greater certainty, if someone is not imposing anything tangible on you, such as the impositions of our modern restrictions, other peoples views, beliefs, and subsequent actions are of little concern.

The opaque wall the judgmental, unreasonable, characterless, and truth avoiding people hid behind has vanished. We are seeing, with glaring clarity, just who is who. That is painful for those who now see low principles in once close friends or family. If you take a step back however, you realize it is a blessing in disguise. When this fiasco runs its course and the damage caused by it heals, those who once associated with people who sold principles for pennies will eventually be glad those people are out of their lives.

For example, we now see, in bold technicolor, just who genuinely believes in the fundamental core value of freedom and who does not. We now know who is willing to follow truth as a guiding light in life, and those who  ignore, dismiss, and turn a blind-eye to it without shame. We now know those who believe in the fundamental and intrinsic rights of the individual, and those who are obedient to a fault. We see the dividing line between those who are more than willing to call someone immoral simply because they are not "following the crowd," and those who believe it is everyone's choice not to do so. Best of all, the gullible and the easily swayed have displayed themselves as brightly as a Las Vegas casino sign. 

Everyone has now taken off their figurative "mask" and has been forced to lay bare just who they are at their core. The positive of this is that many will have a complete realignment of who they have a high opinion of and who they do not. This crisis has made many take stock of the shallow reasons they valued others and will change their vision of what constitutes a good person. Many will now genuinely place little to no value on people who are materially successful, attractive, or popular. Instead, they will see behind that illusory facade and look deeply at someone's character and the principles they actually stand for. What a great change.

The true silver lining here is best summed up by C.S. Lewis; "Experience: That most brutal of teachers. You learn. My God do you learn."

The next time you see someone showing their true colors and demonstrating how they do not care about truth or freedom, take heart. In the long run, truth always wins out.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.