Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Chaos and Determination

Here is a picture that, for me, perfectly captures the controversy surrounding the Olympic torch relay, as it continues its journey around the world.

The overall image is one of chaos. A protester. Security officials dressed all in black. A convoy of vehicles.

But there, in the middle of all of that chaos, is the torch bearer, a paralympic wheelchair fencer named Jin Jing. Totally determined to protect the torch. Her eyes (check them out) focused on what's unfolding in front of her. Her arm and body shielding the torch.

Whoever took this photo ought to win a prize, as it really encapsulates in a vivid way the clashing values that have been thrust together in this year's games.