A LESSON IN NONVIOLENCE
At the North York Central Library yesterday, a male librarian told a young man to leave after the young man had disturbed other patrons. The young man filled the library with words never said in a church. He began to leave, but would often lunge at the librarian and slap him in the face challenging the librarian to a fight. The librarian did not retaliate. He kept walking calmly towards the retreating young man telling him to leave.
What patience! The librarian stayed on the high road. After being slapped repeatedly, he remained calm and kept repeating to the young man to leave. The young man eventually left.
“Anger and violence provide instant relief, but cause more damage in the long run.”
I spoke to the librarian today commending him for his patience.
He said,”I was irritated, but never once did I fear for my safety. I knew that I could cause serious injury if I got angry and struck back. Anger and violence provide instant relief, but cause more damage in the long run.
Imagine our world if more people thought like this librarian.