Are Canadians Too Polite?

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    /why/ would having a harsher justice system be better?
    Isn't it good that 'innocent until proven guilty' is a concept that the general populace consider to be true and applicable to nearly all situations?

    Just think about how the world changes in 20 years. Everything that you thought you knew has changed into something radically different. Children are going into politics, all of your knowledge and your skillset are outdated and near useless. Friends die, family moves on.

    20 years is a life sentence because 20 years is all it takes for the life you had to pass.

    Imagine if you, in a fit of passionate rage killed someone you cared for, or a stranger, it doesn't matter who. Which is a more terrible punishment; a lifetime in jail, 20 years, or execution?

    If you are executed your suffering (from an atheistic perspective) is over. You had a brief time being imprisoned and then you are killed. Not much of a punishment.

    If you are in jail for your entire life you will become used to it. Like any place unless you're actively tortured (and even then in some cases) you'll just become accustomed to day to day life and it no longer is a punishment. It's just a slightly less free life.

    Now imagine being in jail for 20 years. Everything you learn there, how to survive, the struggle and pain and inhumanity of monsters and fools who made bad decisions thrown together into a cage, all of it doesn't translate to the outside world.

    In those 20 years you may become used to life. You may have the hope of getting out, but 20 years is so, so long. And when the day comes that they make you leave, the day you've been hoping for, dreaming of. To be let out of the cage, on that day when you step out of the doors and begin to live again in a place without walls, it all seems too big. You're not young anymore. You're old, and tired, and so alone and afraid and confused. You're lost in a future you couldn't imagine because you didn't see it change. And when you go to sleep you long for the sound of strangers breathing, of an open space and booted feet. Of the rules and control. Because it changes you, changes you in ways you couldn't dream.

    How is that not justice. How could you not feel dirty and wrong and... shake at the inhumanity of it. They've paid their bill, balanced their books. They don't owe you forever, they don't owe you their lives for a mistake. They don't owe you their blood and you don't own them.

    Are we too polite? Possibly.

    Could the rest of the world learn from us? Of that, you can be certain.
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Are Canadians Too Polite?

  1. 1. Are Canadians too Polite? By: Lauren B. and Naomi PLEASE!!!!!
  2. 2. When is Polite too Polite? <ul><li>When someone bumps into us, we apologize </li></ul><ul><li>When someone does something for us we thank them a lot. </li></ul><ul><li>When we win a spo rts game we sympathize to the team who lost </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>You see as Canadians we are just to polite. </li></ul><ul><li>We also just let people in from foreign countries without background information. </li></ul><ul><li>We also help other countries that are involved in war because we “owe” them and then we become involved. </li></ul><ul><li>We help people that we don’t even know with difficult problems. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Canadians worry too much about violating peoples’ rights <ul><li>Canadians consider life in prison as 20 years because we think that keeping a person in captivity is violating their rights of freedom. </li></ul><ul><li>We also like to give people the benefit of the doubt in non-legal situations, and even in legal ones, the term “innocent until proven guilty” is used in many more places than just the courtroom </li></ul>
  5. 5. Canadians worry about violating peoples rights cont. <ul><li>We think that even if a person commits a serious crime not violating their rights is more important. </li></ul><ul><li>If someone from a different country comes to Canada and breaks a law we give them the benefit of the doubt and send them to their country to be punished because we don’t want to risk the possibility of violating their rights. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Canada vs. America <ul><li>Americans/American Gov’t are rude and snobby they couldn’t care less about peoples rights or well being. </li></ul><ul><li>America hasn’t gone more than 20 years without having a major war, while Canada usually (unless helping the helpless USA) doesn’t go to war. </li></ul><ul><li>A good thing about Americans though is that they have a very harsh Gov’t/justice system. </li></ul>Canada America
  7. 7. USA vs. Canada cont. <ul><li>Other than their justice system there is nothing good about America, right now their economy is spiralling downward all because the government would allow people to buy a house without a down payment and now they need Canada’s help to pay car manufacturers and people are losing their homes because of this spiral. </li></ul><ul><li>On the other hand Canada is stuck helping the US gov’t get out of debt. </li></ul><ul><li>WE ARE TO POLITE, HELPFUL AND NICE!! </li></ul>
  8. 8. All pictures used are from wikipedia
  9. 9. How Canada can improve: <ul><li>We can improve by invoking harsher punishments for crimes. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping suspects in jail for 24 hours when we have evidence, but not concrete evidence, so they can’t try and flee the country. </li></ul><ul><li>We can be a little less polite (not apologize for absolutely everything and not feel as sorry for other people/countries. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The End
  11. 11. Things Canadians say too much <ul><li>Eh! </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Please </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like some help with that? </li></ul><ul><li>Sure I’ll lend you money </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need anything? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want me to come with you? </li></ul><ul><li>How else can I help </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like us to bomb Switzerland for you? </li></ul>

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