A PDF of my 4,000 word statement can be downloaded here: Ignite.
I woke up in City Square again this Thursday morning. The sun was rising, the vibe was characteristically joyful and positive, and the conversation was critical and engaged. Not only that, seeing the City Square full with tents was an inspiring spectacle, one that never gets old, and it must surely be prompting some reflection among those who walk past with confused stares. Exactly why they are confused, I am not entirely sure – as if the need for our occupation were not perfectly obvious!
Anyway, I returned home this morning for a shower and found myself compelled to write an “unspoken” address to the Occupiers. What I produced was a polemical outburst, rather than a calm, academic address. But that was what my mood dictated, and who was I to interfere. Were I a great orator, I would have liked to deliver this in person with fire and passion. As I am who I am, my quiet pen must suffice as my weapon.
Whether or not my fellow Occupiers agree with everything in this statement, I cannot say. No doubt there will be many points to take issue with, and I certainly do not claim any authority to speak on behalf of the movement. However, I hope this is seen as a genuine attempt to contribute to the conversation. I look forward to continuing this conversation soon. For now, however, I’m exhausted and need a few hours sleep.
A PDF of my statement can be downloaded here: Ignite.