“There were excessive police forces. I am for compliance with the law, but above the law, there is humanity. I did what I had to do, that’s all.” Alberto Casillas
Occasionally, I read about, see and hear that which leaves me moved-touched-inspired. This week I came across the Alberto Casillas, an ordinary barman in Madrid, who took an extraordinary stand during the recent anti-austerity protests that took place in Spain.
Why did Alberto put himself at stake? Why did he put himself between the riot police (not known for gentleness) and the anti-austerity demonstrators & customers that were in the restaurant/bar? According to Alberto: to protect, to save lives.
The question that calls to me this one: what does it take to take the kind of stand that Alberto took? It occurs to me it takes compassion-care-courage. And it is interesting to note that Alberto is being celebrated as a national hero. You can read about it here. I recommend watching the following short video:
I could leave it here and that would be fine. Yet, it occurs to me that there is a deeper question here. And for me, this question is: what does this disclose about the being of human beings?
It occurs to me that how people have responded to the being/doing of Alberto discloses that the being of human beings values and thus honors care-compassion-courage. Does it unconceal anything more? I say that it unconceals something about how we would like to be: compassionate-caring-courageous.
What else does it unconceal? It is what you put into the world that contributes to the well being our fellow human being that counts. Put differently, the people who will mourn you are the people whose lives you have touched through compassion-care-courage.