Disconnect

I often wonder how much thought people give to their political beliefs. Do they think them through, and ponder the consequences? Do they test the validity of their principles against, for example, the basic requirements of a caring society, or simple logic?

The following extract from the Guardian report about the Million Mask March in London suggests the answer is “no.”

Among the protesters was Angela Windsor, an unemployed 40-year-old, who said she had travelled from Wales to take part in the event. “Nobody is protecting people – nobody cares. I think everyone here cares enough about people to make the effort to come down and try and do something, because the officials aren’t doing it.”

She said anyone who tried to incite a repeat of last year’s violent displays would be missing the point, adding: “Nobody wants a fight, we just want change.” But she was forced to defend the wording of a sign she was brandishing – including the words “death to the monarchy” – when questioned about it by passersby.

Didn’t she stop to ponder the disconnect between “Nobody wants a fight, we just want change” and “death to the monarchy”? Or are the Queen and the royal family not human beings, and so not to be considered? If you were being charitable, you might argue that death is simply an extreme form of change. (That was a joke folks.) On the other hand, you might simply shake your head in bewilderment at the stupidity of it all. Where was this person educated? Was this person educated?

Of course similar idiocy (and ignorance) is the standard you will see at typical anti-Israel protests. It’s useful to remind ourselves what the expected level of political discourse is out there.

Today’s contribution to road safety

This is a true story, sadly.

Setting: Ra’anana, late afternoon, today. A suburban style side road, with cars parked on each side. There is traffic in both directions, but not too heavy. Not much room to move.

Action: I am driving on this road.

Question: What do I see coming towards me, on my side of the road?

Answer: A cyclist.

Question: Does he have a helmet?

Answer: No, but he does have a beard, payot, a kipa, and tzitzit.

Question: Anything else about him?

Answer: Yes.

Question: What?

Answer: You will never believe it. He is cycling one handed.

Question: What is in the other hand?

Answer: A baby. A real live baby. Maybe a year old. He is cycling, one handed, without a helmet, the wrong way down the street, against the traffic, carrying a baby in his other hand. OMG…

When I came home, I had to go for a lie down.