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Protest as Addiction?
The most interesting part of this show to me was that if you removed the specific issue of protest, the three guests all sounded like the same person. I do think there is a time and place for activism and protest but I think that more often than not the protesting lifestyle becomes the important thing for activists and the issue is really secondary. I attended an environmental studies college and was surrounded by hardcore activists. The ones who were most commited to the cause were generally bitter, unhappy and lonely. I decided then that having fulfilling, caring relationships with people and trying to be a decent, kind and responsible friend, citizen and parent was possibly the truest form of activism.
ScottMill had a similar comment, with (just a bit!) more sympathy:
There is a sort of addictive quality to a life of protest. When I first moved to Portland, I witnessed many demonstrations, and they had a real charm, a kind of edginess, that there was something big going, matters of life and death, a war of sorts. Being part of a group with such strong views, is rather addictive, but sometimes the addiction can almost supersede the message. It is hard to say whether all this is an illusion or if there is some real value in it.
For the protesters out there, are these comments fair? Do they ring true?
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