In retrospect, ever since childhood in the fifties, I have been wondering where I fit in Canada, but now I realize that is a normal feeling among most adolescents and now knowing a little more about human nature and world conflicts, my angst has been calmed.
I struggled to understand the unravelling of the Vancouver Redress Movement in the nineties but since childhood I felt fate guide me and in Aug. 2019, fate again did so. My wife Lesley and I had travelled to Scotland in part to search for her father’s roots, but I ended up finding two comforting quotes in the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, several miles from the site of the Culloden Battle, the beginning of the “Clearances,” 1750–1850, when many Highlanders were forced to move to Canada which was thought provoking in itself: Was the Highland Clearances a model for the Japanese Canadian Clearances?
In the art gallery was an exhibit entitled “Forgiveness” by Carrie Fertig, glass artist, that included two comforting quotes which answered why I needed to finish this book:
“It is generally accepted that painful feelings will gain strength if pushed aside and left unacknowledged. However, recognizing these feelings can allow us to deal with them and ultimately move forward.”, Carrie Fertig
“We can’t let go of feelings we do not own.”, Father Michael Lapsey, South African Anglican Priest and Social Justice activist