Occupy: A challenge to the ego

Oct 11, 2011

Occupy: A challenge to the ego

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This is re-posted from the Occupy Vancouver facecrack page. Says it way better than I can. Consider this my personal request to everyone I know to reflect a bit about the situation before hitting send. Must say I am a disappointed in much of what I have been reading on VMC so far.

A Message to Occupy Vancouver & Beyond

Macdonald J E Stainsby

Hey there, OccupyVancouver folks. I'll start this by saying one sentence: I love you all so much right now, I'm excited and I'm scared.

The rest of this little note is only directed at activists with a history in Vancouver (or anywhere), many of you know me.

The thousands of people who suddenly give a shit about things we have been trying to espouse for years is over-whelming. None of knew how to get this many people interested in this kind of a fight or we would have done so years and years ago.

Right now 90 percent of the people we meet through this are people who do not even know our activisty terms and language. But the people have move way further ahead than the stuff we have spent our lives working on.

I am worried at how that is naturally a challenge to the ego to prove that we haven't wasted our time, and find ways to re-establish ourselves as the go to people on these questions. Let us try really hard to shut the fuck up on the finer points of a perfect analysis when we are in forums like this, and perhaps for the most part even in the assemblies. We have experience, years of doing similar things and know (for but one example) how to deal with cops trying to go after us. This is where we are most valuable.

And when we have the space that we will, we can use that space 24 hours a day to carry on teach ins, educate each other and maybe even learn a little ourselves.

Right now? Let's walk humbly, recognize that just because we are activists does not mean we own or know better for this burgeoning movement.

And let's hug the first 19 year old who innocently says something stupid. If you do, they will fight with us for the rest of our lives.

Let's not typically lefty fuck this up. This shit matters. They are watching this movement in Gaza, in Serbia, Latin America and Africa. They don't care what our program is. They want we the people of North America to break the power of Canada and the US from bombing them and starving them even worse than the North American 99 percent.

yours for the revolution, feeling old...