The ups and downs of the GA over the last few nights has been an interesting evolution. As a diverse group, it's completely understandable that certain people are feeling 'outside' the process. They may not really agree with the process - and seeing the same faces rotate through the managerial roles (moderator, committee reps, etc) they perhaps start seeing some kind of conspiracy against them. In reality, this is not how it is.
The process works. It just requires patience. Patience and regular attendance and attention - and it all makes complete sense. Without structure, it just turns into a free-for-all where the strongest voices dominate and usually just air grievances. It might be cathartic, but it doesn't achieve much. The GA's do - because they have a definite structure. An incredibly pragmatic and democratic structure, in which every voice is heard (eventually!) Sure, it can take some time to wade through the introduction and committee announcements, etc but that's because they are important. They represent the collective work of committed people working outside of the GA to further the movement, so they deserve to heard before individual announcements.
Tonight was a beautiful example of chaos becoming order - and we got some serious work done. That's why we are here. It's all about the GA. And while I'm on that point, it would be really beneficial if we kept to the point, stuck to the issues. There is too much grandstanding. Too much agenda pushing by certain people. Egos should be checked at the sidewalk. This is about the collective. It's great to have personality, but when you take up 45 seconds at the mic talking about yourself and your commitment to the cause, blah blah before you even begin getting to the point, it's disrespectful to others who want to speak about the issue at hand. This isn't about you - it's about all of us.
I also sense that one or two people (mostly newcomers) are maneuvering to become the 'leaders' that the press and various commentators want us to put forward. They see an opportunity - and are using the press and social media to push themselves and their agenda. We have to be careful of this. It's vital for us to stay focussed, but leaderless. The process forbids it and will sort it out. They will fall away as they realise that this process can't be manipulated to their ends. That is the true strength of the GA. Without the structure, we can fall into chaos and be open for takeover by power blocks of interest. And it becomes kinda boring (!) We need to stay on point, stick to the evolving plan, maintain the process. 'Strong leaders' need not apply.
Love. Respect. Tolerance. Patience…and we will win.