Pancho is an extraordinary individual who seeks to express his political views through peaceful demonstrations during which he sits in silent meditation. At one such meditation demonstration which followed a nine-day fast he was made an example of by policemen who, under orders from their captain, slammed Pancho into the ground, put a knee on his neck, twisted his arms behind his back, and handcuffed him.
Amid shouts of outrage from fellow protesters Pancho said to the officer in front of him,
Brother, I forgive you. I am not doing this for me. I am not doing this for you. I am doing it for your children and the children of your children.
Pancho then asked the officer what his first name was and if he liked Mexican food and then offered this,
I know this place in San Francisco that has the best carnitas and fajitas and quesadillas, and I tell you what, when I get done with this and you get done with this, I’d like to break my fast with you. What do you say?
This officer, so filled with anger and aggression moments earlier, proceeded to, without another spoken word, loosen Pancho’s handcuffs and those of all the other protesters who had also been handcuffed at that point.
It is easy to love people in lovable moments. One of the greatest challenges of humanity is loving people when the automatic response is anger and outrage.