Protesting with grace

Aside from the usual voting system, protesting has always been a way for the masses to have their voices heard by the powers that be. This has at in times past made a difference, unfortunately in recent years it has become less effective and often resulted in out of control violence, and some argue that it is instigated by the police.
Years ago, protests even when things got out of the control some what, sometimes got things done, more often than today for sure.
One of the more peaceful protests I can recall is when nearly 1 million British people took to the streets to protest about the gulf war, and yet the British leader Tony Blair ordered the invasion of Iraq anyway, and as everyone knew on the back of lies.
Protesting therefore has become an angry sport, and mostly futile. The police have become more and more militant, crowds have become more despondent and the governments do not give a damn, in fact it looks like they are encouraging it.
The more aggressive they can make us the more power they can gain from it.

As it is today we live in a divided and discontented world, just look at the elections in Britain (Brexit) and the USA with Trump and Hillary. Followed up by protests and legal challenges.
Our right to protest should not be taken away or devalued, but its evident that the angry protests have a counter productive effect, the police are far more geared up for the event, and trained to deal with this – they want it.

So, what is the answer?
Years ago the late great John Lennon talked about violence and said these wise words:
“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight.
Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humour.

There is only one way to win this world battle for peace and that is with love and peace. Violence and aggression will only breed violence and aggression.
Love will breed love.
Whether you follow the bible teachings or not, we can draw upon it for wisdom and I never understood the passage where Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek, I used to think it was cowardly and weak, but it really does teach us that when you turn your cheek on violence and face it with love, things will start to happen.


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