There was some big rally going on in the city the other day. I saw some signs with rhinos and elephants, so assumed it was animal activism going on.
As I was trying to get to the other side of the strip, I got stuck amidst the protestors while waiting to cross the road and overhead a rather hilarious and annoying conversation as a bystander walks up to one of the protestors:
Bystander: so what’s all this fuss about?
Protestor: we are standing up for our rhinos and elephants! And by “our” I mean the worlds!
Bystander: really? So what’s happening with the rhinos and elephants then?
Protestor: uhhh….. *awkward silence *…. I don’t actually know….. We are standing up for them!
The light then went green and I went on my way feeling amused at this guys evident idiocy and infuriated that he just epitomised everything that is wrong with protests.
Call me a political apathist, but I hate protests. I don’t care what they’re about, I just think there are better ways of making a difference in this world.
Take this jerk as an example – doesn’t even know what he is protesting against, but I’m sure he probably feels so good about himself that He joined the rest of the sheep and by beating his chest and causing a public nuisance has saved a rhino.
If you want to make a difference, go make a donation or yell at some place that will actually make a difference. Yelling in the middle of Pitt street? Yeah, we all know it’s bad to kill rhinos and whatnot, go tell someone who can do something about it!
Not to mention the stupid hipster students who think they’re so out there when they are just following a crowd.
Moral of the story:
It’s all well and good if you want to make a difference in this world – but yelling at people on the street ain’t gonna cut it. You can look like an idiot doing that and not even fully understanding what you are doing, while I’ll just be over here doing something about it without acting like a pretentious twat.