Something extraordinary is happening. It seems that something somewhere has sparked off interest that looks like as if it was converging into a movement. 3538 views last night, 2399 so far today of a blog I started to write in desperation, in a situation of absolute helplessness. Add to this hundreds of tweets, and then emails as well as phone calls – and you can see the beginning of a movement. Similar to The Alice’s Restaurant Anti-Massacree Movement that Arlo Guthrie sang about in his song made famous in Woodstock.
“Or you may be in a similar situation, and if you’re in a situation like
That, there’s only one thing you can do:
Walk into the shrink wherever you are, just walk in, say, “Shrink, . . . you
Can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant”, and walk out.
You know, if one person, just one person, does it, they may think he’s
Really sick and they won’t take him.
And if two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and
They won’t take either of them.
And if three people do it! Can you imagine three people walkin’ in, singin’
A bar of “Alice’s Restaurant” and walkin’ out? They may think it’s an
And can you imagine fifty people a day? I said FIFTY people a day . . .
Walkin’ in, singin’ a bar of “Alice’s Restaurant” and walkin’ out? Friends,
They may think it’s a MOVEMENT, and that’s what it is: THE ALICE’S
RESTAURANT ANTI-MASSACREE MOVEMENT! . . . and all you gotta do to join is to
Sing it the next time it comes around on the guitar.
Over the weekend and today in some of the messages, an important question came up and that was: what does Pádraig think about all of this? Does he want to live what doctors have called in conversations with us an ‘intolerable live’? Would he rather be dead? Why make him go through all of this pain when there is no hope of improvement? Some people saying ‘if I was in that situation I would want to terminate my life’.
It is a tricky question. For one, because it is tricky to be able to understand what Pádraig wants. Someone once said that the problem is not, as we always assume, to get the injured to understand us, but for us to understand the injured, often non-verbal. You need time and patience and determination to build up confidence, trust, understanding to communicate.
Pádraig has chosen to live. And it is our duty to provide him with whatever help he requires.