I've seen this before: a movement turning inwards on itselfSubmitted by Smudge Pot on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 13:22
Calm down and I'll tell you a story.
I used to travel with a group of hippies and all they did was "direct action logistical support" which means for anybody what wanted to do a sustained protest or march or encampment, we had the equipment and people to do it. Mobile kitchen, porta potties, dry storage and transport buses, all kinds of support vehicles.
We had great fun while in action, it was all peace, love and happiness. But as soon as we were in between jobs and were just kinda camped out wherever we ended up, all of that energy, all of that talent, all of that skill would turn inwards.
And we would begin b!tching at each other like a bunch of spoiled brats and nit-pick each other and find fault and point fingers of blame.
Among activists of right and left and every ism is one great common trait: PASSION. Passion is the friend of productivity but she calls frustration every time productivity don't come home for dinner. Just seems to be the way it is.
And the younger, the more so. That's just the way it is.
But the fact is that each of us can only do what we can do. And the fact is that our movement, the R3VOLUTION! doesn't make anybody ask permission on the one hand and doesn't require anybody to help out your initiative on the other.
1. Just do what you do. Sometimes others will do it with you and sometimes not.
2. If you aren't having fun, you aren't doing it right.
3. If the movement freed your mind, what else does it owe you?
4. I tend to ignore posts starting with EVERYBODY MUST DO THIS NOW!!!! Time always proves that we obviously ALL musn't. Your form of activism is no more important than anybody else's.
4 easy things to remember for those who will continue.