reply to post by Skittle
In a way I do agree with some sentiment there.
I personally think its a good thing for people to have the courage of their convictions to 'make a stand', 'send a message' in regards to
Heck - I come from a lengthy history of involvement with the Maori Land Protest movement in my country...and have certainly spent my fair share of
time at the front of protest lines, getting arrested/detained, yelling and screaming and acting for what I believe in...
...I guess what I learnt from my decade or so of active protest and 'pushing the envelope' with the Govt/Police/Authority/Country was that one had
to become smarter - not louder...calmer not more agressive.
I learnt you couldn't force people towards change...you had to be the change yourself.
You more readily encourage someone towards change not by using one
finger (pointing/blaming) but by using five
(offering a hand of
friendship, speaking person to person so you may know them and they may know you as a person
first and foremost)
So while I think "Hey, its good to stand up for what you believe, to stand up against injustice"...reading about this Cafe owners stand all I think
is "one injustice creates another, creates another, creates another".
It can be a bit of a vicious self-feeding cycle.
Old adage: Its not what you say - but how you say it. Not what you do - but how you do it.
[edit on 14-1-2009 by alien]