A Long Winter’s Night – The Mahone Bay Riot

Posted By on December 30, 2011

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  1. Gary Carbone says:

    “…my long held belief in human nature once again proven….” Indeed. I’m embarrassed for humanity after viewing that Cabbage Patch Doll video; it’s like a big, ridiculous joke fomented by some executives in suits and their ad campaign minions. Who are these people who drink the Kool-Aid of the newest trendy toys?

    I can never remember the exact quote, but it came from Al Pacino sometime in the 1990’s when he was interviewed, by Barbara Walters I think. She asked him if he had a motto or a belief, something like that. Pacino said something along the lines of: “Human beings are equally capable of horrible atrocities or acts of selfless heroism”–that’s not the quote, but it was something like that. And while I believe that sentiment to be true, after viewing that video clip, it’s hard for me to imagine any of those people pulling a stranger from a burning car or rescuing an abused animal from the hands of some Michael Vick type.

    Suffice to say that many of us feel that same feeling of hopelessness when pondering human nature, Randy. I wonder, what can WE do to balance that?

  2. Randy says:

    Thank you for your comment Gary.

    I’ve always said the world is an unsettled and unpredictable place, and those of us charged with bringing order out of chaos should be competent enough to understand exactly where and when to stop just short of complete success so as never to put ourselves out of work.

    Actually, while I filter my observations of human nature through the lens of dark humour, I live my life as the kind of man I would like to have my back in the darkest hour of need, to drink with in the time of greatest joy, and that I would be honoured to know at all points in between. As life proceeds, I practice that, and find myself attracted to such like minded people, as they are to me. Edmund Burke said, “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

    So for me, there is no hopelessness. What can WE do? Be resolved to never give up, and to quote one of my favourite New Year appropriate songs, “Let the Good Guys Win” (to be embedded in my 31 January 2011 article):

    “When you see something wrong, try and make it right.
    “Drag a shadow world into the bright sunlight.”

    Happy New Year to you and yours Gary. While we’ve never met in person, I know we share common aspirations to always stay on the path to being that kind of man I spoke of.

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