Sometimes all it takes to humble an enemy, be it an army of soldiers or a squad of freaks, is a simple statement. The tanks at Tienanmen went on to do their jobs but somehow I doubt that malformations with megaphones are equally unstoppable.
The library incident may well become iconic. It is going viral because it illustrates civic courage — and the power of conviction behind it that is both intrinsic to the man’s character, and extrinsic as far as the confidence that comes with aligning oneself with civilization’s claim on public space. There is a wall between civilization and savagery, as well as between personal dignity and dissoluteness.