Im in a major U.S. city so that only multiplies that number. Heres the problem though; and this is important. Theyve been organizing a bunch of protests lately. Protests, no problem, but theyre OVER organized. Theyre predictable. We, as a nation in whole, have become complacent and predictable.
We sit and hide in front of our flat screen monitors and watch CNN and call and email and meet until we have a specific date planned and its usually a day with specific meaning directly associated to the people we oppose. Then we paint the city in bright green posters and stickers announcing our date with Democracy! People in Action Joined Under a Common Cause!
Then streets are blocked off and the police get organized. Everything must run smoothly, safely.
I see all this. This complacency in our irritation and every day, every single day I walk by a hill in which a major riot took place. Ive smoked cigarettes on it, sat under the statue, watched from my window as kids rode on sleds down it. Is this complacency the fault of the people or has the government made this possible? To this question I do not know the answer; I cant make up my mind.
Have we all just been weaned from discourse and restlessness over time? Have television and the internet become too much of our daily lives to the point where it requires so much attention? Or is it the ever imposing gun laws making it harder and harder to acquire firearms, means of protection, weapons? Is it the fact that we cant compete against a machine that can attack from the air or simply run us over like a child walking on bugs? It is a question of such magnitude that it must be chewed slowly. Its contents evaluated before swallowing.
Then again, maybe Im the complacent one. Maybe after this has been written Ill do nothing more and fade away into oblivion. What matters is that for a moment that complacency was lifted enough and something slipped out. Hopefully someone, anyone will have the ability to just pick up that something, and run with it.