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Remember, remember, the Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

For many of you reading, you may have never heard of this once famous poem. For others, you may remember it from the movie based on the comic books v for vendetta. Some of you will even know it’s origin. 

Guy Fawkes the once infamous traitor of the British Empire attempted to blow up Parliament in 1605 using about 2.5 tonnes of gun powder. For a time this was something worth remembering. Yet as times change it is fading into the memory of the past. For most of the world, this evil plot in British history is not very relevant, so forgetting it might not seem like a big deal. But what about events which not only affected the whole world but also changed it forever. Are these things worth forgetting too? 

lest-we-forget.pngYesterday was remembrance day and I ask did you remember or did you already forget. I worry that with each passing year and each additional death of the Veterans of the great wars (WWI & WW2) of the 20th century so to will the remembrance of November 11th. 

Recently a British Instagram star named Freddie Bently on the show Good Morning Britain said that he felt we no longer needed to learn about world war II because it might be too traumatic one such quote is as follows “I totally get that, but I don’t think it need to be put in such a way to young children mentally, to their mental health, that “‘this many people died for you,’” he said. “My God, it’s so intense.” He is basically inferring the new generation cannot handle or learn about the harsh realities of the past. The past which we often learn from to grow is more important now than ever yet so many are finding it to easy to forget.

How easy it is it seems for generations once, twice removed are now not only forgetting the reason from remembrance but want to erase it from the history books because it bothers them. With each new mind pushing in this direction because of progressivism the closer we may be to repeating the mistakes of old.

This same remembrance weekend I was away out of cell reception, and when I came back I found out that the news of the day was the hockey broadcasting legend Don Cherry had been fired for making racist remarks. Don, by the way, is a much older individual and has on occasion said things that even I think were pushing the line. But when I found out what he was fired for and why I was shocked. He said when referring to immigrants “You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that,”

Heres the thing, while remembrance days or variations of it are western in nature the World Wars were global in nature including both the west, Asia and Africa. This includes many of the countries that immigrants to Canada often come from. As I Canadian and as I have written about in the past I have noticed fewer and fewer people wear poppies. It could be because there are more immigrants who don’t care because “it’s not their history” or because the younger generation doesn’t care about the past at all for reasons I cannot quite fathom. But what he said was in my opinion far from offensive. He is simply pointing out that immigrants don’t seem to care much about the culture of the country they are in. And while this does not apply to all immigrants of course, in my own personal observations as well as conversations I would say it does apply to many of them.

For those of you who have forgotten, or choose to ignore the realities of the past here is a video explaining it in more detail:

There are many more examples in the west, and Canada of the clear sign that the newer Canadians of all types are willingly choosing to forget or not learn the past, to ignore it and belittle it.

Remembrance day is the reminder of what great sorrow can happen when we let things get far out of hand. Yet modern politics and progressivism now use  Nazism and fascism (or their idea of it), the only thing most people seem to remember about WW2 as a means to scare those who would not agree. Yet they do not even understand what they shout when they scream nazi or fascist others that it is something bad. They probably don’t even know that Nazi’s and Fascism were not even part of the first World War but who knows what else such people believe. The same people who do this have forgotten the difference between the world-changing nature of the 2 great wars. Wars the were fought for the right reasons and confuse them with the wars of today which might seem like pointless wars indeed. Yet we must remember the sacrifices, the history, and the tragic losses. It is not about embracing war but about the tragedy associated with it, Should this not be in line with progressive ideology? or perhaps this ideology is simply about being as loud and obnoxious as possible rather than being about anything meaningful.

Without remembrance, we will only ever fade into the darkness without a light to guide. Without remembrance, we don’t comprehend how that light has created the path for the progress and positive lives we now live thanks to those wars.

Freddy Bentley and those who caved to online pressure to fire Mr. Cherry should be ashamed and we should all be saddened by the newest generations’ call to forget the past. For a war of such magnitude would be disastrous if the newer generation were ever forced to fight against evil. For those who have forgotten may have lost the strength of old needed to stand up and fight if true evil should ever rear it’s head again.

So I ask that you remember, remember the death, remember the suffering, remember the torture that it took for us to live in the wonderful world we live it. For it is through this remembrance we can strive to be better. Without it, the light that was found in the dark will be extinguished forever and we will once again wonder blind stumbling in the dark. 

So I say never again, I will always remember and so should you.

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Lest we forget

Recently it was November 11th. In Canada, and much of the world, this day is Remembrance day. It is a day dedicated to paying homage to the Soldiers and Veterans who gave up so much to protect our freedoms that, well some of us at least are still enjoying. For Soldiers this day is very important as it is a reminder that some people still care and respect the sacrifices they make on a regular basis. In Canada this day is the epitome of Canadian culture as it highlights much of what Canada has done for the world and how much life has been lost in the name of freedom.

But what is the history of remembrance day and why is it important to Krav Maga?

On the website www.veterans.gc.ca it says this:

“Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

This means that Remembrance day was originally started for the British Commonwealth to remember the travesty of WWI. A war which at the time was so grand in scale and so great in devistation that they had thought it would be the war to end all wars. This is why at least until WWII it was referred to as “The Great War.”

The intention was wonderful yet clearly it did not stop WWII from happening, so does this mean that remembrance is not enough? I dont think so. It is not that remembrance is not enough, I think its because most people choose not to remember because such events have become so far removed from their lives that it simply not reality for them.

I have noticed in Canada, well, Vancouver at least which is considered to be multicultural that many of these cultures do not give it the same merit to it(rememberance day) that someone who was born here does (Though I don’t want to generalize too much, as I have many friends who come from other cultures who have great respect for this day).

poppies on soliders

Every year I have found that it is harder and harder to find the famed Poppy pin (the Canadian symbol for remembrance) and less and less people are wearing them. I am not sure if this is because there are simply less veterans to hand them out or it is because the majority of people simply do not think it is important. I think really, its a little bit of both.

So what does this have to do with Krav Maga? I think every thing! Before I make the connection I want to start with a few of my favorite quotes.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Sir Edmund Burke

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

The model we use to explain the progression of violence at UTKM is as follows:

  1. Avoidance
  2. Diffusion
  3. Pre-Emptive Self Defense
  4. Re-Active Self Defense

Remembrance, for all intensive purposes is essentially avoidance. Remembrance is akin to knowledge, which can allow you to better assess situations to make the correct decision so you can simply avoid the fight and go home safely. Choosing to remain ignorant, by not remembering the past limits your knowledge which potentially limits your ability to avoid conflict. This is why history continues to repeat itself, and is part of the reason people fail to defend themselves. If avoidance is the first and best step why is it that so many people fail to adhere to this step both on the micro and the macro levels.

If everyone had the same version (hopefully the most accurate and correct version)and same understanding of history, it is quite possible that we would not continue to repeat it.

Ignorance is bliss, or so they say, but ignorance is why history repeats itself. Ignorance is part of the reason that so many people continue to put themselves into situations that may result in harm to themselves or their love ones. Ignorance is why the world continues to struggle so much in eliminating things like poverty, global climate change, child soldiers, sex slavery and of course war. I do say part, as I acknowledge that some people may infact be inherently violent (Due to both Biological reasons and Learned behaviors) and prone to criminal behavior but as a whole I believe these things continue due to the continued choice of ignorance.

I say, if you truly are a Krav Maga practitioner, you should want to not only protect yourself, but also those around you. Krav Maga should be a life style in which we can all learn to “walk in peace”. If you truly are a Krav Maga practitioner you will not choose ignorance, you will choose knowledge and you WILL choose to remember.

To all those who have given their lives and continue to give their lives for the right reasons, I salute you, and I want you to know that I at least will always remember.