Is it just me, or did the ‘Big Society’ protests this weekend show that the population of the UK has the drive to make a difference, but that a minority seem to mistake creating change with violence?
400,000 individuals took to the streets to protest against the government’s cuts; grandparents, parents, teenagers and children alike joined forces to save their local libraries and schools, show their dismay at jobs and funding cuts and moreover claim their right to be heard.
My question, however, is this – whilst many marched for the greater good, why do a small group of individuals feel the need to add violence to the event? This only serves to detract value from a message so many had worked hard to portray in a peaceful manner.
On that same Saturday, on the cold streets of Halifax, The Charity Dreamgirls, myself and a group of sensational volunteers marched to 1980s hits all to collect money for Overgate Hospice.
Yes we were freezing, yes we were there ALL day and of course by the end of it I was losing my voice – but I’ll tell you something – that day rocked.
The feeling that comes from knowing that each and every penny you’ve taken the time to collect goes straight to a good cause is something that really enlightens the soul, and is something I’d encourage everybody to try at least once in their lives.
A large portion of the 400,000 that marched on Saturday will have felt that feeling and it’s a shame that the violence of a few can take such attention away from the good of the many. Maybe, if the offending individuals could put their energy into volunteering, they would understand the feel-good factor that comes from making a positive difference.
And if all else fails – they’ll be so cold they’ll be too numb to be violent!
Just a suggestion.
Until next time, take care.