Inspirational and heroic acts – big ones and smaller ones – by people old and young.
Last March, 77 year old Brian Quail (pictured) waited for the ‘green man’ to cross the road, and then lay down and brought a nuclear convoy to a halt. He was arrested and charged with ‘behaving in a manner likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm’. In September he teamed up with a buddy and did it again, except this time when the cops arrested his mate he nipped under one of the lorries…
I do infinitesimally small things against it (Trident), because that is all I can do. But consent by silence or inactivity I cannot give.
And in a larger scheme of things, 27 year old Kimberley Taylor has traveled to Syria to help Syrians fighting against Daesh. That’s the same Daesh western governments have been aiding and abetting in Syria btw. And yes, there’s another hero behind that last link – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
As reported by ‘The Guardian‘… in March last year, (Kimberley) travelled to Rojava, the autonomous region of northern Syria and heartland of the country’s Kurdish diaspora, to report on the emerging women’s movement for a Swedish socialist newspaper. She immediately “fell in love” with the ideology – anti-capitalist and feminist – that had taken hold in the region, and decided to quit her degree and stay.
“They call it Democratic Confederalism,” she says. “It’s not just, ‘Oh, we’re anti-capitalist’, and doing marches and protests every week. They’ve completely recreated society putting women at the front of everything.”
I neither know the ages and names of her fellow heroes in Syria, nor the ages and names of all the heroes in New Zealand, but I suspect we could all inspire one another’s humanity.