Walking into the Occupy Regina camp last night was like walking onto a Jerry Springer set without the flying chairs and ripped clothing. Hostility was high with charges of racism and lies; nostrils flared, the F-bomb liberally lobbed about, people shouting over each other. It’s no wonder why they have these meetings at night time when the general public is safely hunkered down in from of their Netflix with popcorn bowl in lap.
I was pondering if I should report this, whether this would hurt their movement. But why not? It’s as real as anything. Maybe they can get a mediator or an Elder to consult in times of miscommunication.
Also, flared nostrils are the natural progression of group dynamics. The first phase was the honeymoon, a time for love and getting to know each other. The next is the chaos phase in which the politeness barrier is let down for heated passionate discussion. After that is the make-up sex phase. I’m certain there is a more appropriate psychological term for it but we all look forward to make-up sex.
And finally here is my Jerry Springer end-of-show insightful speech:
This is to be expected from any large group that is knit from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The irony is that anyone who has ever worked in a corporate environment has had to take workshops in group dynamics. If they want to accomplish anything they have to learn to understand each other.
May they can bond over the sweet lyrical voice of Joe Keithley aka “Joey Shithead” tonight at 5:30 who will be playing a very short set before heading off to his real gig later on tonight.
Quote of the day: “Who the fuck is Joe Keithley? I’ve never heard of him” said by someone born in the 90’s.