Earlier this week, the world was informed that the looming attack by Russia on Ukraine came to its head. Russian forces entered Ukraine with devastation and violence, leaving a trail of destruction and tragedy.
I’ve been following the situation to the best of my ability via news and media broadcasts, and it is extremely disheartening to see footage and images of what the citizens of Ukraine are currently facing.
This news of this invasion comes shortly after the forced conclusion of the freedom convoy that made its way into Ottawa to protest COVID-19 mandates and policies. I support what the freedom convoy initially stood for, which was to advocate for the sovereignty of Canadians, though over time the purpose of this convoy became muddled with hatred, violence, and other unfortunate happenings.
When I first read about the Russian invasion into Ukraine, all I could think about was how the Ukrainian people are by no means whatsoever free right now. There is no comparing their situation to those of Canadians, and the events of this war have prompted me to contemplate the power of how events like these can put things into perspective, and quick.
Am I happy with the state of Canada and the borderline ludicrous policies in place as a result of COVID? No, I’m not. But, when I consider what the people of Ukraine and grappling with right now, it certainly makes my own situation and the situation of Canadians a lot less significant in the grand scheme of things.
Sometimes dramatic situations and outcomes are what we require to shift our perspectives towards things, and this Russian invasion is a prime example. Things really aren’t so bad here in Canada, but I personally find it a little alarming that a violent invasion of an undeserving country is what it took for some of us to realize this.