|Sympathy for the Devil
||[Aug. 15th, 2011|11:52 pm]
The protests that shut down the SF BART stations didn't affect my commute. But C got stuck over there and had to take a circuitous bus all the way home. I read an article that said one protester had blocked a train door for a while.|
I was trying to listen to my scifi podcast on the train home, but the image kept jumping into my head of this one guy holding the train doors open, preventing the train from moving. I thought, "Has it really come to this? One person with an opinion gets to screw up the lives of thousands of people, just because he wants to?... Man, I woulda done something about it..."
I had fantasies of dropkicking that person from behind. Or pulling their feet backwards from under them so they'd slam face down into the ground. But I'd get sued and probably go to jail. And worse than that, inciting violence in a situation like that is absolutely the worst thing that could happen. And I told myself, like I need to do so often, that I'm not a violent person, that I'm a peaceful person. Some day, I might believe it.
I got to thinking, "No really, what would I do? What would be the right thing to do, the peaceful thing to do?"
( As I often do, I fantasized a script in my head.Collapse )