Welcome my newest guest blogger, Patrick M. Arthur…we met on facebook and connected as creative people trying to make a difference with our art. His art form is writing and he’s currently working on the release of his new book “Chasing O – One Journalist’s Odyssey from Occupy to Bliss”. I felt that especially during these tough economic times where there seems to be more and more people becoming fed up with “the system” and speaking out, this was an appropriate blog to feature. Here’s a bit about Patrick’s journey…
”History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of ‘history’ it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.”
— Hunter S. Thompson
Shit, I was there and I can’t explain it. Certainly not with words alone, not the right ones, anyway; they don’t exist. You had to feel it. You had to be in New York City in September, 2011, standing in the middle of Liberty Plaza. You had to see not just one generation, race, ideology or income level, but all of them, from one extreme to the other, all drawn to the center of the world because of a feeling — because that’s where the energy was. The energy of a budding Revolution.
Later during that special Autumn, after a number of independently written articles on what I’d experienced, I was hired to report on Occupy Wall Street encampments in Washington, DC; Raleigh, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia and in New Orleans, the “Big Easy” itself. At the time and even for months after I had come back from that adventure, the obsession was in trying to explain what the Movement was all about, what actually happened…but the words never came.
“Chasing O – One Journalist’s Odyssey from Occupy to Bliss” isn’t a retrospect on Occupy, its’ unheralded successes or spectacular failures. This upcoming book is the only way I know how to express that feeling, describing a journey that ended up being far more about finding my self than discovering the elusive element of protest that will make people “get it.” Once I figured out what I was really trying to convey to the world, the words exploded from my heart and my fingers and a true tale of personal discovery began to take shape.
Now that this work is nearly complete, another gonzo story ready to discover its’ way in a world filled with anxiety, fear and far too much loathing, my only hope is that you, the attuned reader, will find my odyssey to be one of adventure, pain, excitement, love, sorrow, loss, hope and most of all inspiration. A confirmation that the only way forward in a society designed to hold you back is to see the signpost marked “BLISS” and wander down whatever wild road it points you toward. Who knows? Perhaps one day you and I will meet at the mountaintop, look back and wonder why the hell we didn’t start climbing sooner.
Patrick M Arthur
If you would like to help this book achieve its’ full potential, have a look at my IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. Donate if you can, but please be sure to spread the word with friends and on social media;