Stand Wave
By Moshe Katz, Krav Maga Instructor, Israel

A protester stands alone. In the cold, in the sun, at a square. People think he is odd.

He stands, he is noticed by some, ignored by others, people pass by, busy with their daily distractions, their daily survival.

A man stands because he believes in something. Perhaps a silent protest against tyranny.

He may be ignored, or he may be attacked. The secret police might come and take him away and no one will ever know what happened to him.

He stands alone but he creates a wave.

He may eventually be forgotten but something changes. Something changes every time one person stands up for something. The standing creates the wave. The wave will create change.

Is there any purity in the world? Does anyone really act for the public good?

They say power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Wars are fought for the benefit of a few politicians or for some financial gain. Does the public ever really know the truth?

A man stands alone because he can no longer live in a world of lies. His voice must be heard even though he is silent.

His silence is powerful.

Students are gunned down, protestors are  beaten, but they are not defeated, the wave has begun.

One man stands alone but eventually great walls will come tumbling down, great empires will collapse, because one man dared stand up to tyranny, to lies, to falsehood.

People are born into blindness and die without having ever seen. But a few rise above the confusion and see clearly. And they stand up.

Truth and falsehood are hard to differentiate. Leaders say privately,"Truth is what I tell them, reality is what I tell them, this is what they shall believe". And good innocent people follow loyally. But a few stand up and resist.

Their energy creates a wave, and eventually a change, to create the wave you must stand strong, even if no one is watching. Change yourself, be the change you want to see in others, and stand alone, if that is who you are.

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation". (Henry David Thoreau)

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." (Henry David Thoreau)