The Price of Normalcy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:55 AM
By Glen McLean
Today I saw and heard something astoundingly interesting. Yes, quite astounding!
We drove along highway E50 from Prague to Nuremberg-not unlike Highway 401 in central Ontario or the No.7 to Fredericton. A 36 passenger coach with really bad air conditioning and a guide that had never driven the milage with a group of hyper Canadian (yes, 24 Saint Johners) travellers prior to this excursion.
We passed the beauty of many towns, villages and farms along this super highway finally stopping at a fast food joint. Many hamburgers, many Cokes and many coffees were consumed. Convenience to say the very least. Good coffee to say the very very very very least? We were told that this was the place to stop and relax! Shortly, we boarded the coach and continued.
We arrived and took an interesting old city and historical tour of Nuremberg ending at the Zeppelin field used by Hitler and the Third Reich in their bid to “overthrow of the World.”. The history and the editorial commentary was eye-opening! Back in 1939, I am sure the rhetoric and propaganda at the mass rallies was quite convincing albeit based on absolute & overwelming power and lies.
If someone tells you to do something, do you do it? If the propaganda is strong, do you just believe without questioning the outcome? If many lies are spoken, do you believe that one? Interesting questions that caused a World War in 1939.
Finally, the tour was complete. We boarded the coach and headed to the pier to reflect on the day. I learned a lesson...question our politically and mass media induced normalcy. Good lesson! Now have a RedEye and rebel!
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