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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:37

Despite our greedy natures: selflessness should prevail

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The political cartoon said it all: an NHL player at an ATM machine looks at his bank statement screams “I’m down to $10 million, arrrrgh!” as someone standing nearby observed, “the NHL players are starting to weaken.”

Canadians have almost exhausted all patience about listening to the ear-bleeding talk about the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association.
Fortunately, Christmas season is upon us and all of the hockey media members who are trying to stay relevant, can mercifully fade to black. A huge dump of snow across the prairies and fallen temperatures have allowed people to start to thinking about Christmas despite the fact people aren’t talking about their professional favourite hockey teams.
With all of the talk about large fractions of a billion dollars in revenue it’s hard not to look at the opposite side of the pendulum with so many people struggling to make ends meet.
Whether you believe the billionaire owners raking in piles of money with marketing of merchandise and broadcast deals have more than a case than the multi-millionaire players who are playing a child’s game and getting paid handsomely for it, most would agree the factor stopping both sides from signing a new CBA is greed.
The never end search for wanting more money, material goods etc. is unfortunately something becoming far too common in North American society. As the relevancy of Christianity is unfortunately waning, the idea of people ignoring the dangers of the most common of Christianity’s seven deadly sins, a.k.a. Capital Vices or Deadly Sins — greed — is becoming all too common. It’s sad. In a world which is now about getting rich quick, those who have fallen on hard luck or made some bad choices and failed to recover, struggle for any semblance of an existence.
Within the economy’s structure, the gap between rich and poor is widening. While we whine about those rich people in North America as compared to middle and lower-income households, even the poorest in North America are still far wealthier than a vast majority of the world. We shouldn’t forget those who feel fortunate if they get a meal a day or have someplace safe to sleep.
While it’s common for people to be charitable at Christmas time because it’s the right thing to do or it’s tradition, they should stop and think about the attitudes they hold through the whole year.
Why not give a gift which helps the whole year or perhaps make a concerted effort and promise to be generous through the whole year? Whether that means donating good quality clothes and toys to the local Salvation Army, food or cash to the local food bank on a consistent basis or if you’re a little low on cash yourself, donate some time and help out at a seniors’ home or day care. With Credit reporting agency TransUnion’s Nov. 14 announcement the average (not including mortgages) debt in Canada is over $26,000 per household, money is quickly becoming tight.
Be generous and give consistently. While groups like the NHL fight over millions of dollars, large companies and their shareholders get rich with multi-million dollar mergers or high-ranking officials in provincial and federal governments live it up on the taxpayers’ dime, it’s time we start looking after each other.
Congratulations to those who consistently do their best for others already. For the rest of us, let’s make Christmas 2012 a turning point so as to help make the world a better place every day.
Ryan Dahlman is managing editor of the Prairie Post. Contact him with your comments about this opinion piece at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Ryan Dahlman

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