Thursday, February 03, 2011

Be obstreperous!

This motto was espoused by our dear friend Charlie Halloran, and I'm not sure where he picked it up. But it is fine advice, and I'm glad I inherited it from him. It means "noisily and stubbornly defiant", and although that definition sounds sort of bad, I feel the rebellion in the word has a playful quality. I think of a canvasser on the corner, bouncing and shouting and calling attention to himself. I think of lustful arguments about politics and religion where the parties switch sides mid-stream, just for the fun of it. I see rambuctious youths carrying signs of protest and chanting slogans all day long.

The point of the playfulness is so you never cross the line from ostreperousness to violence or hate.

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