I was reading this weeks issue of Maclean’s magazine, Canada’s Time magazine equivalent. I read a column reminiscing our revered Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson who was awarded the Nobel prize for peace with his brilliant proposal to the UN averting a war over the Suez canal. It is rather ironic that in this case France pushed for war while America was opposed. As I read, my pride as a Canadian and respect for the PM was stroked. But at the very end of the column I read;
I was floored with this remark. This statement was made openly before the world. I recollected that it was about 50 years earlier that a pygmy was exhibited at the Bronx zoo sharing a cage with an ape.
Am I over reacting here? Or do I assume that Pearson was an honourable man for his time? After all, we’ve never heard one peep of disaproval for his metaphor. Of course that doesn’t say much for my father’s generation. Colour me bewildered.