32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. Acts 19:32
This verse describes “mob mentality” or crowd mentality succinctly.
“Yes, let’s do something about this?”
“I don’t know. Why are we here?”
No matter where you this is a dangerous place to be.
Recently youtube reporters have published videos of the reporters asking demonstration attenders why they were there. Often, when demonstrations are organized hastily, there’s no clear message about why they are marching. They’re all against something, so evidently there’s a good reason why they’re there…or so the argument goes.
Sometimes even the event organizers don’t have a clear understanding of why they’re there!
As I mentioned, this is a dangerous place to be. I made the mistake one time of being in the middle of a mob of rioters while I was living overseas. I quickly realized I was in the wrong place and moved out of the openness so that I did not stand out. Nothing happened but it could have turned bad quickly.
Over the next few years many of you may have an opportunity to protest or counterprotest events throughout the country. Go there knowing why you’re there and pick out quick escape routes. After things start to “turn south,” the situation can get ugly rapidly. There are thousands of Youtube videos that reveal that sad truth.