The unhappy Canadian

I’ve written several times about how I’ve always found it challenging to adapt to Canadian sensibilities.

I don’t know why our culture is obsessed with shaming people into conforming to personal ideas of normal. Normal is not something anyone should aspire to. It’s something people should want to run away from.

Being in South America for over a month once again highlighted my problem with Canadians, in general.

Whenever I travel I am reminded about what a passive, indirect, passionless, expressionless, apathetic, indifferent bunch Canadians are. How puritanical they can be.

Now they want us to conform to leftist ideology, and woke narratives. Moral purity they claim to have found, just like a religion.

I spoke to a lot of Argentines about their views on North Americans and many told me that we take ourselves too seriously. I spoke about my simple experiences on social media and they laughed that anyone would get upset about a person posting what they wanted to post.

Argentines believe in coming together to help one another. In Canada they believe in pointing fingers, which has been further illuminated during the pandemic.

I can’t imagine getting on the phone to get my neighbours in trouble for not behaving how I think they should behave. But that’s Canada. You know, I know of more than three people, ‘moms of the year’ I like to call them, who have contacted Children’s Aid Society on other mothers for simply parenting their children different. This is a Canadian thing. People here don’t recognize that, but Canadians do this type of shit all of the time.

I wrote a lot about how inert Argentines appeared to me, and there is truth to it. But somehow, being back in Canada, and watching the news, and observing how hysterical, outraged and self-righteous Canadians can be, I much prefer inertia.

Here it’s all about finger wagging, telling others to do this and that, not say this or that. Jesus. Think about how narcissistic, and unhappy one has to be to think that changing how others behave is somehow going to improve his or her life.

But also, it’s how Canadians marinate in their righteousness, how they love getting people in trouble, shaming and embarrassing others. It’s indicative of unhappy people, riddled with inferiority complexes and full up on deep, dark self-loathing.

Being in Argentina taught me that we are prisoners to the collective ideas of the people where we live.

For example, Argentines have a much healthier attitude about the pandemic. But they also have a much healthier attitude about sex, and human relationships, too.

In the beginning they were in lockdown, but they quickly realized that it wasn’t working, in that it was making everyone miserable.

So they allowed businesses to open again and for their citizens to travel freely.

Here, in Canada, we’re labelling anyone who wants to see an end to the lockdown as dangerous, selfish, irresponsible.

What would they say about everyone in Argentina then?

In that part of the world business is open as usual. The restaurants and pubs don’t socially distance tables, nor do they mandate a maximum number of people inside or outside establishments.

They haven’t implemented any of the restrictions that Canada has.

I wonder if Canadian culture would improve if Canadians got out more, lived for a while amongst people with healthier attitudes about life, about happiness, about being gentler with each other.

Maybe they would learn to calm the fuck down more.

While in quarantine I’ve been watching CBC and CTV and they’re selling fear fear fear.

It’s not healthy to be that on edge all of the time, that anxious.

I’ll never get used to Canadians. I’ve been conflicted about them since I was a kid. And I am one! It’s been really challenging to live in this homogeneous society my whole life.

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