6:00 am London time. Like most morning I am in the kitchen, drinking my coffee and watching the CBC National news off my slingbox and this report comes on;
Basically, there are residents in the town of Kitchener-Waterloo fighting over the name of their street, Swastika. Half the residents want to change it and the other half don’t.
First off, is this really NATIONAL NEWS???? WTF!
Second, I am watching these people talk about how they are losing their friends of more than a decade because they are either on the side of wanting to change the name of the street or on the other side of wanted to keep it because it is over 100 years old and to them it means what Swastika truly means. I did not know this but if you look up the word Swastika it means: an ancient religious symbol used in the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and Southeast Asia, where it has been and remains a sacred symbol of spiritual principles in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It was historically a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck.
Now, we all know what it represents today but man o man, if you live on Swastika rd which coincidentally runs off of the “Travelled Rd”, is it really cause for getting into a fight with your neighbors and friends of many years? WTF people! Don’t we have more important matters to deal with? And, this is where I get really pissed off. History is history, you can’t shove it under the rug, you can’t ignore it, you can only live with it. As far as I can tell, the people living on Swastika Rd in Kitchener-Waterloo are not Nazis and they shouldn’t care about the address on their mail. Jesus, if we start changing all the street names and buildings named after events or important people because one group or another is offended we are going to get VERY BEIGE very quickly as a society.
The city council is voting tonight as to whether or not the street name will be changed. Wow! If it does pass what are they going to name the street now? Snowflake Rd? Left Lane? Political Correctness Avenue? I would call it WTF lane!