March 13, 2015 Editor

The Sports Crowd is Untruth

WN: This was written in response to the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot in 2011.

An excerpt:

Søren Kierkegaard wrote “The crowd is untruth.”
René Girard saw it in the hidden uncouth:
Scapegoating violence, originary, in all human cultures.
It is all innocent fun say dominant culture vultures
Of every sports win. Yet there lurks deeper
Shame-faced, thumbs-ready, coliseumesque, sinister
Geared up to erupt the violence of the untruth mob
“Crucify him!” the crescendoing perennial sob
Fickle in wait of first blood unseeing the shroud
Of unknowing, smeared victims’ faces, no awareness allowed.

Please click on: Reflections on Canucks, June 2011

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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