Monday, May 30, 2011

Where does your loyalty lie?


It’s the Winter Olympics 2014 and we’re sitting down to watch the Gold Medal hockey final. All of Israel is talking about the unbelievable meteoric rise of Team Israel from total anonymity to becoming a leading contender in the hockey world. Years of dodging Katyushas on the only Olympic-size ice rink in Israel alongside the Lebanese border, mixed in with hockey skirmishes on roller blades during the summer months, have finally paid off. It  all comes down now to the battle of the stars: Team Canada’s Sidney Crosby against Team Israel’s Gabby Cohen (AKA “The Rocket Cohen”).

Too far-fetched? Perhaps. I really don’t expect to have to choose any time soon between the hockey tradition which has shaped the core of my being and the little David who has traded in his slingshot for skates and a hockey stick.

But what if I had to? Where would my loyalty lie? How can an Expat remain loyal to countries old and new? The closest I have come to having to choose was when Celine Dion represented Switzerland in the  Eurovision Song Contest. It wasn’t even Canada competing, but she was Canadian, nonetheless. And Israelis take their Eurovision seriously, much too seriously in fact. But I was let off easily when it became apparent that Israel had no chance of winning (Israel finished in 7th place that year). So I was allowed to root for Celine in the nail biting finish.

I don’t know how Canadian expats living in the States manage, though. The States and Canada are up against each other all the time, and sometimes it can get quite ugly. And apparently about 80% of Canadian expats live in the States. I can see it now. Canadian expats tucking their folded Canadian flags into their pants and drinking their Molson Canadian beer out of brown paper bags, while watching the U.S.A. and Canada square off in the 2010 Winter Olympics hockey final. That is nothing, though, compared to the NHL hockey players with dual American and Canadian citizenship who have to decide which team to play for in the Olympics. There was one notable case where one brother went to play for Team USA and the other brother went to play for Team Canada.

Loyalty is a difficult fish to fry. Look at what happens after you get married. Suddenly holiday celebrations become a balancing act between blood relations and in-laws.

In most cases, such questions of loyalty are not a matter of life and death, unless both countries decide to go to war with each other. Then loyalty to the enemy country is quite frowned upon and you may find yourself jailed as a spy or enemy sympathizer. But I see no sign of Israel and Canada going to war soon and I think Americans have given up on seeking revenge for the War of 1812 - although I may be mistaken. But I can’t speak for the rest of you spread out through the world.

Maybe we shouldn’t worry about loyalty. Does anything really deserve our blind support? Why not be selective in our choices and go with what feels right. Whether it be Molson Canadian or a Budweiser, Creemore or Goldstar, an American dropping “r’s” or a Canadian with dangling “eh’s”, English, Hebrew, trees or sand...  let’s just celebrate who we are - even if one night we are cheering on The Rocket Cohen and the next night Sid the Kid Crosby.

2 comments:

  1. מאוד נהניתי לקרוא, בעיקר את הפסקה האחרונה.
    אני חושבת שבסופו של דבר, אנשים לא ממש מתלהבים מבחירות הרות גורל כמו אלו שהדגמת למעלה. בחירות מהסוג הזה גורמות לנו להתמודד עם אמיתות כאלו ואחרות (או שאולי זו בעצם אמת אחת ואבסולטית אך רב גונית) שאנחנו לא ממהרים להתעמת איתן על בסיס יומיומי. עצם הבחירה מסמלת אי אפשרות לחזור אחורה, ואנחנו מעצם היותנו מה שאנחנו - אוהבים לחזור אחורה, אפילו אם זה סתם בשביל להחטיף מבט ולהציץ במה שהיה. החלק הפרקדוקסלי הוא שכאשר אנו בוחרים, אנו למעשה מפסיקים לבחור. וזו לדעתי הסיבה העיקרית שבגללה אנחנו מעדיפים שלא לבחור: על מנת שנוכל להמשיך לבחור. חלקנו יעדיפו לבחור שלא לבחור (בעגה הפוליטת יש לזה מילה: "נמנע") כי בחירות הן לא דבר קל. רובנו בכלל מעדיפים לאכול את העוגה ולהשאיר אותה שלמה. אבל בחירות הן חלק בלתי נפרד מחיינו ומנסיוני האישי, ככל שאני גדלה כך גם הבחירות שלי גדלות. כל בחירה שאי פעם עשיתי עיצבה אותי והשאירה בי חותם בין אם גלוי או סמוי מהעין,ממש כמו כתובת קעקע. לא את כולם אני אוהבת, כמה מהם אולי הייתי אפילו שמחה להסיר, אבל אני בוחרת שלא, כי הם אני. אבל אולי בעצם מה שאנחנו באמת צריכים לחגוג (לא נשמע טוב כמו באנגלית הלחגוג)או להיות שבעי רצון ממנו הוא מעצם העובדה שניתנה לנו הזכות לבחור, הרבה יותר ממה שבא לנו לבחור או לא לבחור. כי זכות הבחירה" כנראה לא סתם נקראת זכות". זכינו ואנחנו זוכים לבחור, אף אחד לא כופה עלינו. אבל ברגע שהבחירה משתנה מזכות לחובה, זה כבר סיפור אחר שאנשים אחרים בחרו בשבילנו.

    ReplyDelete
  2. FREE SAMPLE AVAILABLE FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY AND DOCUMENTS TO contact.(perfectmoney4sale@gmail.com)

    TOP QUALITY COUNTERFEIT MONEY FOR SALE. DOLLAR, POUNDS, EUROS AND OTHER CURRENCIES AVAILABLE WE HAVE PARTNERS IN ALMOST EVERY COUNTRY SO IF IN CASE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A FACE TO FACE BUSINESS THEN JUST CONTACT AND STATE YOUR LOCATION AND YOU SHALL HAVE YOUR BILLS

    With over a billion of our products circulating around the world. We offer only original high-quality counterfeit currency NOTES. We ship worldwide. We also print and sell Grade A banknotes of over 52 currencies in the world. Here is your chance to be a millionaire. Our money is perfectly reproduced,Indistinguishable to the eye and to the touch. We are sending in various sizes, packed and hidden. All our notes carries all the holograms and water marks and passes the light detector test. We will deliver the money directly to your home without the interference of customs . we have a Huge quantity ready in stock.

    We use latest technology to produce our notes so that it looks 100% identical to the real note. This thus implies all security features present in the real notes are present in the note we make. Our team is made up of Quality IT technicians from Morocco, US, Russia, India, Korea and China etc We offer high quality counterfeit NOTES for all currencies.

    Why would you buy from us?

    Our banknotes contain the following security features that make

    it to be genius and we have the best grade counterfeit in the world both Euro and Dollar and any bills of

    your choice you want.

    Security features of our bank notes below :

    Intaglio printing

    Watermarks

    Security thread

    See-through register

    Special foil/special foil elements

    Iridescent stripe / shifting colors.

    Our banknotes are printed on 80% cotton 20% cellulose paper which differs substantially from normal paper.



    -My Minimum order is 5000fake counterfeit for 500- Shipping is free

    -Face to face Cash on Delivery will be schedule. Some people will want me to send my agents to them so that they can buy directly but for me to send out my agents. There must be a minimum order you want to buy. 120,000 fake counterfeit notes for 20,000 when it comes to face to

    face buying.


    !!!! ABOUT DOCUMENTS !!!!

    Getting a fake and a real passport, ID or driving
    license any other document is simple. we can make you both real and
    fake documents.
    However, the real documents are more expensive than the fake because
    it takes time, skill and contacts to get it done. Note that, the fake
    is going to be 100% unique and in very good quality. The difference is
    based on the registration of the numbers. The real Document will be
    registered with the country's database so you can use it to travel to
    any country of your choice in the country, mean while the fake will
    not be registered but can be used as well.



    !!!!!!!! CONTACT FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!!!!!


    Email-: perfectmoney4sale@gmail.com
    Skype Name: perfectmoney100%


    E-Mail US Your Questions and Comments.



    SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE

    ReplyDelete