I was watching a police officer going about his work in a rather rowdy and disruptive context. Much of the noise was abuse being hurled at him.
I was touched by his silence in it all. He simply went about his task of standing his ground and protecting a particular entrance from unlawful entry.
As I watched him I couldn’t help but feel, that at a level invisible to us, silence is profoundly linked to a true and authentic expression of authority.