Jammed Together Prove
The Beast Of Terror Can Be Contained
ZERO PLUS 1172 DAYS,--New York, NY, Saturday,
November 27, 2004--Those
who doubt Terrorism can be contained, managed and tamed need
to go to a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. What the United Nations
can't resolve among nations and peoples of nations, the famed
Thanksgiving Day parade can.
Thanksgiving Day Parade.....
the Thanksgiving Day Macy's parade with a new respect for Vigilance.
We had special tickets to One Times Square, a pie-shaped island
in the middle of 42nd Street, most famous as the building that
the New Years' light drops down from as the world watches.
Times Square island spot was the result of friends who are in
law enforcement. The building and sidewalk were set aside for
the handicapped as well as law enforcement. Hundreds of people
in wheelchairs used the space to view the famous Macy's Parade
that features giant, helium-filled balloons that float through
New York City, dwarfing the giant buildings.
we can manage Terrorism and
this year, because the winds exceeded safety parameters, the
balloons were reigned in, held close to the ground. A few years
ago a gust of wind caught a balloon, shoving it against a light
pole. The weight of the balloon knocked the light pole over.
Unfortunately, the pole fell on a woman and killed her.
to the forecasted winds, the balloons were held low adhering
to strict safety rules
parade adheres to strict safety rules.
to Terrorism and Vigilance, the parade offers a microcosm of
global unity. On Thanksgiving day, millions of people compress
their 98.6 degree bodies up against one another as tightly as
sardines are packed in brine, and, Terrorism doesn't erupt.
take much imagination as to what would happen if you shoved
citizens of warring nations against one another. Compressing
people of all different cultures, beliefs and ethnicity against
the other like toothpicks in a box--would probably result in
wars, battles, blood, major conflict, hand-to-hand combat, etc.
But yesterday--at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade--there
was-- Peace...Quiet.. Unanimity.
Nations could take a lesson from Macy's Parade. The big question:
"How can millions of different kinds of people co-exist
peacefully in a bizarre environment where people's instinct
to push and shove to get the best viewing spots are overridden
by the community need for peace and harmony?"
Nations could take a lesson from the Thanksgiving Day
all logic, there they were. People who would not normally touch
one another for various political, social, ethnic reasons, all
jammed up against one another, many with children, peering and
stretching to see tens of thousands of parade marchers and the
world's most glorious balloon creatures floating through the
comprises more than 200 different nations, over 6 billion people
and in excess of 600 languages, not including dialects. The
religious variances are almost as vast as languages, for within
any one main category are sub categories, branches, veins that
spider outward onto the horizon.
words, we are a complex world that enjoys incredible scientific
and medical advancements such as being able to transplant vital
organs--now, even faces--and saves countless thousands from
certain death from a variety of diseases we can battle.
same time, we are more than capable of taking clubs and bashing
each other's brains into squishy pulp, as we are in the process
of doing in a number of war-ravaged nations.
same kinds of people who, in their own nations might be killing
one another because their beliefs separate them, were standing
next to each other at the parade, shoulder to shoulder, smiling,
enjoying the community of the parade and the harmony of civility.
didn't have a chance at the parade. Vigilance was everywhere.
It was expressed in the children, for the tribute being paid
by the Macy Parade was the joy of children. Everything was for
the children--the balloons, the clowns, the floats, the bands,
the marchers--and the children were the reason the Beast of
Terror had no room to maneuver.
Frog was a reminder of being green
of people were Sentinels of Vigilance at the parade.
concern was whether their children could see, and whether other
children could see who were around them. They weren't interested
in the color of the children, or their ethnicity, or their political
beliefs, or origins--no, only that the children saw Sponge Bob
or Charlie Brown or Big Bird, or Little Bill, or any of a number
of 59 giant balloons separated by 27 incredible floats. Crowd
estimates exceed 2.5 million, and each of its components is
are universally free from the differences that adults
is different from the next family, save one exception. Children
are universally free of the differences that adults suffer.
of Terror is not alive in children as it is in adults. And,
therefore, the parade stunts the Beast in the adults. The parents
become the children--for the moment--free from the reasons to
hate or anguish over the differences of belief or custom that
could lead to bloodshed.
the Frog floating down Broadway reminds us all we're green.
Clowns running about reveal the key to releasing the child in
of Terror had no chance on Thanksgiving Day at the Macy Parade.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the kids beat The Beast
him because their Parents of Vigilance brought them to the parade
to see how Vigilance works--and it worked well.
of people co-existing in perfect peace and harmony.
the U.N. should move its headquarters into Macy's.
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