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In February 1999 the dream of a Western Canadian Trucking Magazine became a reality. Until then the only magazines available in Western Canada were published in Ontario and the advertisers, for the most part, were from the East. Today Western Canadian truckers have their own magazine that is quite unique in that we don’t write technical articles. Instead Pro-Trucker is an entertainment magazine where you can read about other drivers and their life on the road; their problems and how they handle them; issues of the day and the ever present humour that hopefully will put a smile on your face when you are far from home.
Remembrance Day has been observed by the Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I, to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Once again at 11am on November 11th Canadians will pause for 2 minutes to remember those who have fallen.
As Canadians we also remember the soldiers who have returned home. Some have physical injuries that can be seen and treated but many have invisible wounds. These soldiers are still fighting battles in their minds and, if they do not get the help and support from our government that they so desperately need, even more lives will be lost.
American actor/comedian George Carlin (1937–2008) was noted for his highly controversial political routines in which often criticised American society as he expounded on sensitive issues with his unique insight and powerful delivery. One of his routines focussed on the government’s dumbing down of what is now called PTSD. This message is of concern for Americans and Canadians alike, yet it seems to fall on deaf ears in our national capitols.
George Carlin: “I don’t like words that hide the truth. I don’t like words that conceal reality. I don’t like euphemism’s – and the American language is filled with them because Americans have trouble dealing with reality. Americans have difficulty facing the truth so they invent a kind of soft language to protect themselves from it. And it get worse with every generation.
I’ll give you an example of that; there is a condition in combat – most people know about it. It is when a fighting person’s nervous system has been stressed to its absolute peak – can’t take any more input. The nervous system has either snapped – or is about to snap.
“In the 1st World War this condition was called, “Shell Shock.” It was to the point. Two syllables, Shell Shock.
During the 2nd World War it was called, “Battle Fatigue.” Four syllables –takes longer to say – doesn’t seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than Shock.
“After Korea the same condition was called, “Operational Exhaustion.” Eight syllables. The Humanity was completely squeezed out of the phrase. It’s totally sterile now. Operational Exhaustion. Sounds like something that might happen to your car.
Then came Vietnam and the same condition was now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Still eight syllables, but we have added a hyphen, and the pain is completely buried in jargon.
I’ll betcha that if we had still been calling it Shell Shock some of those Vietnam Vets might have gotten the attention they needed at the time…”