Saturday, March 18, 2006
Today was unseasonably spring-like. After a week of rain and hail, the sun shone and thousands turned out to protest the Iraq war -- and most any other war the U.S. government may be cooking up. The San Francisco Chronicle reported "more than 10,000" protesters which seems about right from what I saw. One doesn't get much of an overview in one of these crowds. Hundreds of other events were held around the country, including in Walnut Creek and Palo Alto in the Bay Area.
There were earnest protesters.
Protesters who have seen too much.
Protesters from my parish church.
And Uncle Sam, utterly up-to-date.
Do these events do any good? Sure -- they remind us there are many who share our disgust with the war the government launched and is losing. They cheer us when the ongoing cascade of unnecessary death seems almost too much to bear. They show us to ourselves, throwing off deathly conformity and unleashing anarchic creativity. We hope being part of one of these large, festival-like temporary communities inspires us to continue the hard, daily work of making peace.
This was a good spring day.