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Letter: Toward good

I used to believe this about humankind in general. Now not so much

Toward good

Lao Tzu wrote the words “Toward good” to describe The Way. The universal human instinct to want to live a happy, satisfying and meaningful life.

I used to believe this about humankind in general. Now not so much. I believed that humans are imprinted in our DNA to strive ‘toward good’. Even though it sometimes seemed we were moving ‘toward good’ in spite of ourselves.

Last week I took the Crofton/Vesuvius ferry. I’ve always loved going on a ferry ride since I was a prairie boy taking my first ferry ride from Vancouver to the Island when I was 10. That was 65 years ago.

On that first ferry ride there was a machine with a big handle on the side. I put a dime or a quarter in the machine and using a big dial and the handle I imprinted letters and numbers on a small aluminum disk, like the centre of a 45 RPM record. I imprinted my name and the date on the disk. It was a special treasure.

On the Crofton/Vesuvius ferry a boy about 10 was leaving the men’s washroom as I was about to enter it. That 10-year-old boy also had something to remind him of his ferry ride. A sign posted beside the urinal said: Please put used syringes in the receptacle provided.

Toward good indeed.

John Waldin

Duncan

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