police

Comfort the disturbed, but disturb the comfortable

I read about Anonymous’ Million Masks March in London, where it was said that peaceful protests are alright as long as people can go about their daily lives undisturbed. And I thought: Yeah, because that’s key. As long as people can stick to their daily routine, undisturbed, they can remain asleep and convenient and activism will not have relevant impact.

Convenient people NEED to be disturbed. It is their convenience that led to where we are now. The longer they remain in convenient ignorance, the harder the turnaround will hit them. This is how nature works.

If a minor disturbance in people’s daily life for the sake of awareness of the problems in the world is NOT tolerated by people, then that itself shows there is reason for them to get disturbed. The police automatically makes themselves the embodiment of the problem if they approach things with an absolutist mindset and don’t have the courage to give some leeway. Usually they’re too afraid of being replaced by another, more willing agent of rigorous order.
If you act out your fears (which is the short-term convenient choice and thus foolish), you become an agent of fear.