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LIVING                                                                      SEPTEMBER 2010

DO-IT-YOURSELF POLICING……..AN ALERNATIVE APPROACH

I did not write for the month of August because as I mentioned last year, like my fellow Greeks, I am also away most of this month but I actually go away to work; not to holiday.

Before I left for England, one evening I was sat outside our favourite ouzeri with Mr. L and some friends, enjoying a glass of chilled white wine. The road was officially closed to traffic and the local children were enjoying the chance to speed up and down the road on their bicycles. This simple pleasure was marred though by egoistic teenagers who were determined to flaunt the rules and ride their motorcycles dangerously fast through the happy crowd.

Parents angrily screamed angrily at them but their protests fell on deaf ears. The police were nowhere to be seen. Interestingly, a man sat on my left and slightly further in front, discovered a whistle in his pocket. The next fired-up anarchist who dared to ride brazenly along the road, received a sharp, shrill blast of air in his ear followed by a verbal reminder of the law. Several other adults joined in with this lesson and the teenagers meekly apologised, dismounted the motorbike and pushed it to the point from which they were able to officially ride

This public policing continued and actually worked. Soon, the road was safely occupied by the children, the rightful owners at the time and parents were able to relax a little.

I remarked to our friends that this sort of public policing would not work in England and would more than likely end up in a brawl, possibly a murder resulting in the good citizen being arrested.

I n England it seems, the teaching of rules and morality has been taken over by the state. Teachers are no longer able to admonish and any exasperated parent who dares publicly to slap his child risks a visit from a social worker. Lights in roads remind us to slow down in our cars; anonymous voices on trains tell us to consider our fellow travelers’ need for peace, to keep mobile phone conversations quiet. Signs in airports and hospitals remind us that violence against staff will not be tolerated.

I remember my sister, years ago when we were at a party, a local bully arrived and started to pick on a less popular boy. Other guests looked on but my sister, who was incensed by this behavior, shot up, slapped the bully across the face and shouted at him to leave the boy alone. The aggressor was so shocked, he backed off, mumbled something about being a bit drunk and left the victim alone.

Obviously then, the rule of group intervention still works but it requires courage and (if I remember rightly from reading psychology books,) public intervention requires one leader and at least one follower and the more people intervene, the more likely a positive outcome is achieved.

This would certainly seem to be the case that evening in Aegina…….bravo  everyone!!


Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2010



 

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