How did I reach this light-heartedness?
Through reading Žižek. I spent the whole day reading and listening to him. I dig into people, so that's what I did with him too. My conclusion seems to be of the same lines with some people. He has some very good ideas, but lacks comprehension and integrity. Still, I owe him a big thank you.
In his article “Occupy first. Demands come later” in the Guardian of 26 October 2011, he writes:
What to do after the occupations of Wall Street and beyond – the protests that started far away, reached the centre and are now, reinforced, rolling back around the world? One of the great dangers the protesters face is that they will fall in love with themselves. In a San Francisco echo of the Wall Street occupation this week, a man addressed the crowd with an invitation to participate as if it was a happening in the hippy style of the 60s: "They are asking us what is our programme. We have no programme. We are here to have a good time."
Carnivals come cheap – the true test of their worth is what remains the day after, how our normal daily life will be changed.
Yes, this is a very very good point. It made me realize and put my endeavor into perspective. So I am much relieved now to go on doing what needs to be done and not worry much about getting results.
While it is thrilling to enjoy the pleasures of the "horizontal organisation" of protesting crowds with egalitarian solidarity and open-ended free debates, we should also bear in mind what GK Chesterton wrote: "Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
Interesting point, that of GK Chesterton. As for the first part, I guess I still would like to take part and enjoy that pleasure of protesting crowds when it comes to pulling down #InjusticeAtBirth
We burn passports. And the demand comes together with it!