In a recent post, I received a stinging comment from a fellow blogger rentergirl. I have received nastier comments, but this one really hurt. This was because I have always really liked her blog, and still do. In the past we have communicated via email.
Rentergirl's complaint was that I had made some snide comments in a photo of an OWS demonstrator (see here). I am going to come in with my hands up; she is right, I was wrong. I was rather nasty about the young man in the photo.
However, I also should be clear that I don't support the "Occupy" movement. It is a visceral reaction that stems from a profound fear of the mob. Their objectives and critique of capitalism might have some merit, but the idea of occupations and street demonstrations provoke deep seated anxieties. It is the fear of violence and confrontation that sets me off. In the same vein, I was deeply disturbed by the recent riots in London. I found the whole thing extremely distressing.
I really dislike the illegality of it all; I know the area around St. Pauls well, and I resent the fact that it is now occupied. I was particularly upset when the Cathedral was closed. It opened up all kinds of fears about religious freedom; a subject that matters very much to me. I just want the occupiers to go away. This is where the animosity towards the demonstrators is coming from, Rentergirl.
I still believe that there are other less confrontational routes that can be utilized to generate change.