Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
This kinda tells me that people are protesting for all kinds of different stuff. It's just fashionable to go and Occupy someplace, anyplace, to make a statement about your unhappiness. And your unhappiness, well, it could be about anything ..... This whole "Occupy ______" movement lacks any real consistency or theme.
Some professional protestors have had horribly abusive childhoods, and for them it is a way of channeling their anger and rage at their abusers. I'm not saying that is the case for all the people taking part in these protests, or any other protests for that matter, but I'm just saying that many people become professional protestors as a way of channeling their anger at their past abusers. That's not to say they aren't also angry at the issue at hand, whatever it is,but I think there will always be a certain level of just general catharting that goes on at protests.
It's an opportunity to express anger in a socially acceptable context, surrounded by loads of other people also expressing their anger.