The ruin of the Second Temple marks a key point in the history of the world. Not only was the Jewish people exiled from the land of Israel, the Jews also lost their war against self-centeredness. For the first time since its inception, the tenet, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” was not the guiding rule within the nation. Jews still had high regard for unity, as they still do to this day, but they began to use it to gain self-centered purposes instead of as a means for correction of the ego and as an asset to be passed on to all mankind.
As an Anglo Gaspesian (Quebecer), I couldn’t help but notice the word French over the entire Gaspé Peninsula. I have spent countless hours explaining that there are pockets of English speaking communities in this area. The first map manages to wipe out these communities with just one word. As well, failing to acknowledge the other Francophone communities elsewhere in the country only contributes further to these communities’ struggles for recognition. The map is unique but unfortunately has the common issue of perpetuating stereotypes and assimilating cultures and languages into a common denominator format. I’m saddedned to once again have to explain that a reputable source has once again erred and that there are, in fact, anglophone communities in my beloved Gaspé.