What better way to spend a cold winter evening than huddled with hundreds of your neighbors, in the shape of a peace sign? What better way to illuminate the senseless violence taking place in Racine, WI and to honor your loved ones and community?
Pete Selkowe, retired journalist, sent the picture below and link to me. Like most of the people who send me mail, I’ve never met Pete. Wish I ridden with him on his “God Protects the Stupid Tour,” from London to Athens, a roundtrip trip done on his PX200, at 58 youthful years of age. That’s a solid 4,300 mile trip involving a ferries AND new languages. Google maps list some of the directions in Greek, like : Î›ÎµÏ‰Ï†ÏŒÏÎ¿Ï‚ ÎšÏ‰Î½ÏƒÏ„Î±Î½Ï„Î¹Î½Î¿Ï…Ï€ÏŒÎ»ÎµÏ‰Ï‚. Now, thats COOL.
Incredibly moving is the young man who organized this event, in tribute to his childhood friend who was tragically shot. He addressed the circle gathered and closed by lighting his candle and saying, “I am a soldier of Peace.”
A demonstration like this would be a very powerful thing to do once a month. The organizers wanted to show that humans can all work peacefully towards a common objective-in this case, needless violence in Racine, WI. You can read the article here on the Racine blogspot. One part I disagree with though is the sentence that says working peacefully towards a common objective is, ” A simple message perhaps..though important to the organizer…adults and kids.” Simple message? Yes, but I think it’s one of the most complicated undertakings for us humans. Go ahead, prove me wrong. I’ll meet you at the common ground.