November 16, 2010
Being in a huge crowd for a shared experience feels almost surreal. It gives you a tangible feeling of the importance of right now. I experienced this in downtown Chicago when Obama was elected President and to a lesser extent when I marched with WTO protesters. You look around and just sort of feel amazed at the power and electricity of the crowd. When Obama won at most there were a quarter million people in Grant Park celebrating. During this year's annual Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia they are expecting 3.4 million Muslims to come together in their pilgrimage. That's like every single person in Chicago going downtown to the rally. That is an amazing number and I can't imagine the intensity of feeling that must be taking place in those individuals as they peacefully march towards the same place for the same purpose. I'd love to experience that feeling someday but I'd feel a little disingenuous being an atheist and all, so I'll just wonder. Below are a few photos I took from here.