This story I heard from my father. Maybe I even told it here before, in a comment. Still it is worth repeating. In Y1946 my dad, then a 15years' old kid returned to our city of Kiev, Ukraine after the city was freed from the Germans in Y1943. Kiev was nearly all destroyed but by the Y1946 they opened an all- boys High School and my dad studied there. There were severe food shortages and the city government arranged that all students in the school received buns of freshly- baked bread every day. Many kids did not eat those buns but wanted to take them home to their families. Only that was dangerous because gangs of homeless and very hungry kids usually surrounded the school and took those buns by force especially from the younger kids. Obviously, there were no buses or any kind of protection. So once the schoolboys made a decision to take the matters into their own hands; they came out en masse and attacked the gangs in the long- term fight.
The fight was severe, cruel and brutal. It lasted for so long that the teachers at last called the municipality and asked for help. And the City Council sent troops, real military regiments with the orders to restore order by any means necessary.
I must explain that it was Y1946 and the soldiers and their commanders were war veterans. They had seen everything and could do anything. They came out in full gear and were responsible to no one. Those were tough times and the City Council would not give a damn about some dead gang members if it came to it.
According to my dad the action took about 10 minutes. Soldiers surrounded the fight scene and moved in swiftly and efficiently. They opened fire into the air and that stopped the fight. Then they rounded up the most active persons. Others were ordered to disperse. No one was hurt or mistreated. Not one person was even restrained.
School kids could be distinguished by their uniforms and thus were left untouched. As for the gang leaders, those most notorious were identified by the police officers who accompanied the soldiers and knew the situation. Even though the detained folks were not charged with anything but instead put on the accelerated placement in orphanages. There was never any accident near the school again.
When I watched recently the University of CA, Davis police actions against OWS- pepper- spraying the sitting kids or police in full gear arresting hundreds of the OWS people elsewhere I remembered that story. Those soldiers in the Y1946 were not just pros of war. They were fathers themselves, most of them. They had just won the war of wars for those very kids and they felt their connection and responsibility. I wonder if any of those policemen who pepper- sprayed kids in the Y2011 felt any connection to those mistreated.
I had chosen those stories because of the thread. The thread is not in the miracles but rather in one common idea- if you are human you better exercise two main qualities: curiosity and restraint. Those two provide a necessary balance for the soul. Curiosity prepares you to act upon the opportunity when it occurs. Restraint enables you to do the right thing-to turn the opportunity into the good deed.. Take one of these away- and evil prevails in your deeds no matter how you deny it.
Hope you had a good time. As Tom Lehrer said, "And if you hated my stories, you shouldn't have allowed me to begin."