Crowds can tell lies. They have this propensity towards inflating and contorting the facts. More than often crowds cannot be relied upon to discern and reflect truth. They tend to be naive, volatile and far more foolish than wise. No wonder crowds become such fertile soil for populist politics and religion, and lets face it, certain politicians and clergy know this only too well.
Our TV screens have been filled with images of the thousands across the Middle East and North Africa protesting against a film made in the US depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Many have condemned the film, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who described it as “reprehensible.”
What is so disturbing, and I’m just expressing a personal feeling here, is what the protest has now turned in to. The crowds seem to have lost all sense of proportion and propriety. It’s as if a kind of madness and lunacy is beginning to reign, and sadly it begins to reflect some the very sentiments expressed in the film itself.
I cannot believe that what we are seeing here, the violence and the mayhem, is a true reflection of the tenents of Islam. The crowds are getting it wrong. Surely in the midst of it all there must be those Muslims who will not trade truth for numbers, or allow the crowds to reduce them and their faith to a mindless and brutish aberration.
Perhaps I’m being naive, but that’s the way I see it.