Thursday, 24 November 2011

Occupy Toronto VI - Today I Saw a Kiss

As my grandchildren would say “LOOKIT!”
As the King James Bible would say, “BEHOLD!”
A wonder happened at St. James Park today. 
See law and order respecting rights and freedom. 
See what beauty comes from self-restraint and a shared desire for peace.

I watched my Toronto police act like the upholders of Canadian law they are meant to be. It helped modify my disgust at police behaviour during the G20.
I saw police in baseball caps, not riot gear, carry off one resistor to a trailer. Unlike the police bullies two years ago, they carried her away without kicking her, wrenching her arm or dragging her bare skin across pavement. 

The ragtag collection of occupiers, cold, tired and dirty after a month of living outside, accepted that this encampment needed to end. I heard protestors urging others to maintain the peace.  
Instead of mindless anger and hatred, there was a glimpse of upright policing and intelligent activism.

Whatever happens next  this moment offers hope.

For a month a couple of hundred strangers created a welcoming, listening, caring community. Many others supported them with free food and other supplies. 
For a month those in power were patient and acted fairly, even generously, as bike police accompanied spontaneous marches through street of traffic. 
Media reported more than one side of the story as they gave the Occupy Movement the attention it deserved. 

Thousands of years ago, God’s vision for humanity was understood by biblical authors:

And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. 
The work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. 
Lovingkindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 
(Isaiah 32:18 & Psalm 85:10)

Thankyou, Occupiers and Police, for this sweet kiss.