“If you still want me, Oh, tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree.” Irwin Levine / L. Russell Brown
There is a great power in the symbolic action. From Christ dying on the cross or to red paint thrown on women in fur coats, the message is loud, clear and obvious.
The world is totally insane. I just need to point to the massacre in New Zealand to prove that point. Clearly, the man who went into the mosques to kill was disturbed. The worst part of the whole thing that this attack was well planned out. This was not some emotional outburst or some spur of the moment act. Rather it was a well thought out, methodical mass murder. Almost as bad are the reactions to the killing.
Some people don’t even think it happened. I can understand this healthy skepticism in a world where we are lied to constantly. Most people are appalled at least publically, what happens behind closed doors I don’t know. And there is this faction that are in some way claiming the victims as if they got what they deserved.
I want to avoid politics and cut to a certain act. There was a certain Australian senator whose words blamed the victims or at least they could be easily interpreted in such a way. While this senator was speaking a young man went into action. The teen first took out his cell phone to apparently film the event. Then he pulled out an egg and broke it on the senator’s head. It wasn’t a violent action by any means.
The senator, in turn, turned around and smacked the young man. Then the senator went to hit him again and at this time a group of people interceded separating the pair. The young man was thrown to the ground where somebody was choking him and telling him derisive words. That pretty much ended the event.
I want to point out the heroic nature of this young man, a breath of sanity in an insane world. If the young man wanted to he could have brought in a knife or a gun to deliver his message. But unfortunately, if he did this he would sink to the level of what he was protesting against. Instead, he took a nonviolent course and I think he is to be commended. While I can understand the senator’s anger it was quite inappropriate for him to punch the young man, let alone strike twice. He should have laughed the whole thing off, that’s what a mature human being would have done.
Recently in my own home town of Montclair, the students went on strike, for a day, over the environment. These young people are acutely aware that their Earth is being destroyed and with them having to live the bulk of their lives in an ecological disaster they have the most to lose. I applaud their symbolic and peaceful acts of civil disobedience. In New York City, similar young protestors were arrested when they impeded traffic.
The problem here is that the people who control things and make all the decisions are not listening to the people. The people who control things have no care for the masses. If it was not so poverty wouldn’t be rampant. People feel desperate and desperation brings about action. A hungry mob is an angry mob as Bob Marley points out. The world is a bomb just waiting to explode.
I recently had a discussion with a fellow about some sensitive issues concerning politics. It was a person I knew in high school. He was always a meek and kind fellow. Now I find that I cannot even get him to accept that there are more sides to the story than his point of view.
What happens in life, for the most part, is when age sets in people get hardened in their ways. We start off in youth quite innocent and very honest. Then as the ways of the world infect our psyche our moral compass gets rotted out. We become something less than human, to awaken in a world where it is okay that people are destitute while others have riches, or that to kill and destroy on a wholesale manner is acceptable. In fact, we are told to applaud the murderers.
In the end, all the resistance really has is symbolic actions and solidarity. I want to remind the senator that if that young man had the senator’s mindset that the senator would be in the hospital or the grave. So I applaud a young man a world away for having the courage to act and the wisdom to do so in a nonviolent way. “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Gandhi.
I want to leave this final message to those who read this. If you feel that there is something terribly wrong with the world, you are not alone and you are right. Just don’t become the beast in trying to defeat the beast.
In my writings, I try to capture the world in various frameworks. My fiction is fist entertaining and very unique. Please check out my book of stories “From Chaos To Cosmos” https://amzn.to/2TG2ng9
Photos by Jos van Zetten,