Revolution and emotional wreck

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Today I took a day off of the streets, because I am tired physically and psychologically. Being everyday in a crowd of thousands with loud music, speeches, on alert for any eventual troubles, can turn a person into anything.

We are still waiting for the government to resign. We have been in the streets for 11 days now and the government is, let’s say, silent. They are playing on our patience and we are playing on theirs. It looks like a chess game pretty much; the only difference is the emotional rollercoaster.

One would feel simultaneously: happy and sad, angry and enthusiastic, strong and weak, alone but surrounded, hate and compassion. I can’t analyze those feelings objectively for the time being. All I say is being part of a huge mass (2.5 million all over the country) creates a different energy, some type of trance.

What makes a massive movement so powerful, i.e unchained passions, can be at the same time a threat. Being emotionally wreck is normal but it can lead to failure.

Today we made the longest human chain in the world and u can check it in the link below.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/27/lebanon-protesters-form-human-chain-across-entire-country

Have you been in a protest like this before? Can I know about your experience? I would love to hear about it, so please don’t hesitate to comment

24 thoughts on “Revolution and emotional wreck”

  1. In France, it’s been a year that lasts … and it’s exhausting for everyone. We are in the phase: if no one talks about it, it will not exist any more. As a result, people become more violent. It was very scary all year

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  2. That’s interesting, we have no coverage of this when it’s a similar problem here (United States).
    Protests here are frequent while also not being effective. The largest were the occupy which was stomped out. Lately, it’s so divided, you don’t need any I institutional intervention because the ideological left and right are so hostile they want to attack each other.
    And because of a strange fanaticism I feel confident things may get ugly in the upcoming weeks.

    Concerning is the conservative right base is a source of domestic terrorism. The left is quite peaceful, though, a bit emotionally overreacting.

    That’s my interest in “philosophy” as of late; protests and activism have limits here. An ideologic change seems more accurate.

    It’s very difficult to explain that…

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    1. to the us over this part of the world, we always considered that the US is profoundly democratic. more and more we are noticing that it is not as democratic as it appears to be., hence the limits of activism

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      1. It’s a new phenomenon with democracy failing. And it’s a very mixed bag on how that happened.
        It’s not where I’d say it failed or is failing, there are underlining problems and it’s hard to just pinpoint one.

        One cause related to the impeachment going on how is the rhetoric of political campaigns have taken a turn. Yet, it’s still part of how the country was designed. The “founding fathers” were well aware now would happen.

        Gerrymandering was always a problem, the country was founded on freedom of speech knowing a majority of information was be false. The general public being dumbed down was expected; it’s a democratic republic as a safeguard. We hear “there’s no adults in the room” frequently in politics lately because the republic part is failing.

        Impeachment to removal was specifically designed for this scenario, yet, the senate is controlled by the same party as trump. Here’s the problem: trump won the election because the republican based has pure hatred for their own party and the left (the right blames their own policies on democrats). They want to keep their jobs, basically. Then there’s a layer where we’ve cut funding to schools using a somewhat North Korea style; critical thinking classes are not taught so the opinion media is just accepted as truth without challenge.

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      2. what you said at the end is so weird to me, so far away from the idea that we have of the US. if you guys don’t teach critical thinking who would? you are right that somehow democracy is failing somehow everywhere

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      3. I don’t know specifically what’s going on there, but I do think they’re related. As in global oligarchs and their political influence taking power away from the people where the people’s lives are at risk.
        The source of it here is bad jobs, bad work hours, bad pay, etc. it’s mainly economic.

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      4. Similar, but I don’t know enough to compare. Special interests and big media… the, I suppose you could say, anti American issues here are kind of monopolies. It gets complicated when you kind of consider what the American dream is when it’s a vague concept; it depends on how you define it.

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      5. Oh..
        Boycotts DO tend to work here. And THAT is where it gets interesting..

        Many problems here started when Edward Bernay’s altered propaganda to public relations and consumerism. Many movements fails because they get reduced to a product. It’s really strange.

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      6. Ah! Applying Plato’s Republic views..

        Nothing is 100% but I’d say the US is in “democracy” by how Plato described it and close to tyranny but I don’t think the tyranny part can be fulfilled. The institutions will be damaged, but I’d think much will be reversed.
        There’s little to no dispute we are an oligarchy here which was slow building; trump isn’t capable of being a tyrant because he’s likely to lose the election next year and he’s old. There’s no legacy person to fill in.
        Trump himself is the product of US voter democracy as Plato puts it. Or, populism how it’s said.
        I say that because both sides of the political spectrum have far left/right de-structured de-moralizations.
        Both are very few in the population but the hold extreme views.
        They’d be the product of lawless democracy who are seeking tyranny. They’ll fall short but the cause, by Plato, is immoral thoughtless greed.
        I agree with that: it’s just not “pure”.

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