Bless their little hearts.
I’m always struck by the Occupiers’ Kafka-esque use of shout and repeat in their public declarations. It is surreal to watch and hear a group of Americans subvert their individuality into a collective repetition of short segments which are first dictated by their leader. I wonder how many realize that this form of speaking is reminiscent of catechisms and hymns, a tool to teach illiterate congregants official doctrine?
“Equality” and “solidarity” do not require the participants to chant the same words. Individuality and individual strengths and talents build strong movements, nurturing communities, and societies of opportunity.