Friday, July 17, 2015

Undercover officer gets the surprise of his life!

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has a well-deserved reputation for being a violent, dangerous place. When Vancouver Police Officer Mark Horsley went undercover looking for a thug who'd roughed up and robbed a couple of wheelchair users look what happened to him. (when the video finishes hit the escape key to return to this page.) 

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama

The people on the East Side have almost all gone through terrible trauma, some of it self-inflicted, but much of it out of their control. But it's a nasty place to have to live. They aren't there because they work in a downtown office tower and it's a short commute to work. 

People usually have one of two reactions to having living through horrific trauma like the holocaust or residential school, or physical, sexual or psychological abuse by a parent or caregiver. The first group says; I will never do this to anyone or be silent when it happens to others; the second group becomes embittered and twisted and try to "avenge" what was done to them by perpetuating the abuse, again and again on others, as if trying to vomit spoiled food. 

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. ~Orison Marden

It's clear that while the people who helped Officer Horsley might not be "successful" by Wall Street's standards, their ethics are far higher than those of the men who run the world's largest banks and corporations, and their compassion is off the chart compared to people like USA presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who seems to think shooting illegal Mexican immigrants from his private helicopter would be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and another presidential hopeful, Ben Carson, has just allied himself with a rightwing pastor who advocates killing Gay people and women who use birth control as a way to bring the USA back to "righteousness". Of course Carson would back the KKK if it got him two votes. These two are highly "successful" by the society's standards, but are repulsive as human beings. The members of Vancouver's Eastside Community has them for beat by miles in terms of humanity and compassion. 

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