15Jul12
Peace in the Neighbourhood

Peace in the Neighbourhood

Rules are there to be broken. Unfortunately, too many people are following the rules.

On Saturday night Bruce Springsteen was playing in London’s Hyde Park. Towards the end of his set, he was joined on stage by a surprise guest, Paul McCartney. The crowd of 65,000 went wild as they belted out two Beatles tunes. But then as they were winding up their extended version of “Twist and Shout,” the sound suddenly dampened, and went quiet. The power was cut by Westminster Council. They’d gone past the 10:30 noise curfew by ten minutes.

When Bruce introduced Paul on stage he said, “I’ve been trying to do this for 50 years.” Unfortunately Westminster council decided he’d waited ten minutes too long.

Yes, rules are important but sometimes they have to be broken. And you have a choice. How many outstanding people would be erased from the history books if they had chosen to follow the rules? Many of our greatest heroes became heroes by breaking the rules. In the USA they have a national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. He would have accomplished nothing if he’d followed the rules of the day. Gandhi didn’t follow the rules, and neither did the suffragettes or the union leaders who got their workers decent pay, conditions and holidays. They all had a choice. Rosa Parks had a choice when she decided not to follow the rules. It would have been easier for her to just move to the back of the bus but she chose to stay put.

Ordinary people choose the path of least resistance; extraordinary people do what’s right.

Springsteen and McCartney are extraordinary people, unfortunately they were silenced by the ordinary.

No word yet on what the next collaboration between Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney will be called, but I bet it won’t be “Unplugged”.

Craic on!

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