There is something I have noticed during this crisis we are experiencing here in the Cariboo. I would like to share it. Before we got into this situation, life carried on pretty normal for most of us. We got up, went to work, did our thing and complained. We called each other names, went through the this is yours and this is mine, those people are no good send them home, why don’t you all just go back where you came from, you’ll get your pipeline over my dead body, this politician is no good mine is better, your god sucks while mine is good. Assholes should be shot, locked up or this or that. Remember all that? Life was pretty normal at least to our way of thinking….it is the way it was. That was a week ago. We focused on the things about ourselves that made us different. And then crisis struck…..and a week later most of that is gone. It just doesn’t have the same importance anymore. It’s been replaced with other things. Things that bring people together….fighting in some cases for our homes, our lives, the things we all have that are important to us. Now we hear, how can I help, what can I do, we’ll feed you, shelter you and give you a sense of safety. We have felt sorrow at their losses, their situations. We see the uncertainty in the faces we meet. What will tomorrow bring? Will my home be safe? Will my children be safe? Will we survive? And it just hasn’t been here that the sorrow has been felt. It’s been from everywhere across the country from one end to the other. People have been instilled with a sense of helplessness in not being able to do more. Yet they have done their part. Trucks with supplies have arrived from everywhere…..firefighters have come from countless places….aid has come from the world. All of a sudden, we have become one…..one with each other. None of those differences matter anymore. From the ashes, smoke and destruction….there has been one thing that has shined far brighter than the glow of the fires….this country is shining with the far brighter light of compassion and empathy. It is shining with the things that we have in common….our humanity.