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Suffering and lessons learned

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Suffering and lessons learned

One of issues in this case, a broad answer, is education. Either children today are saying, “I don't know, I don't know about what's going on or what happened.” So how are they going to know, through education. And education, I'm not talking about in terms of schooling. You learn your 3 R's, that's not telling you anything about pain, physical nor mental. It's not telling you anything about emotions which are rampant, there's lot of emotions, there's all kinds of emotions. I'm going through an emotion right now thinking of what I should say, answering your questions and trying to put it in a manner that you could understand. But I do know deep within me that you're gonna have a problem understanding it because of the fact that you haven't suffered pain and until you suffer pain, or discomfort, you're never gonna know the crux of the answer or you're never going to have an answer. So it's going, it's as much as saying, well everybody then will have to suffer some time. I think suffering is part of life. Ah, let's go back say to the beginning. Let's go into the animal world. The animal does not go to school he's not, no tuition, no this no that through the form of education. What the animal does is, ah what's the term, instinct and this instinct is survival. To survive in their own world. Instinct in our term to survive, to survive in our world. You have to use again, now this, this term I'm thinking of is discipline. We are lacking today, and remember I said this. We are lacking discipline and when we lack discipline, you have no root. You think you have but it's just so much fluff.

Mr. Parker states that suffering is a part of life and relates this to the animal world.

Richard Allen Parker

Richard Allen Parker was born in Vernon, BC on May 27, 1917 to a First Nations family. He talks about his early years, the prejudice that he faced, and the meaning of being First Nations. He left home at an early age to work in the mines. He talks about joining the PPCLI in 1942, fighting the SS and Hitler Youth and his time in Algiers and Italy.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Richard Allen Parker
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Second World War

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