The crowd crystals

August 11, 2010 § 2 Comments

Scribbles from The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry:

Elias Canetti in Crowds and Power stated,

crowd crystals, … the small, rigid groups of men, strictly delimited and of great constancy, which serve to precipitate crowds. Their structure is such that they can be comprehended and taken in at a glance. Their unity is more important than their size. Their role must be familiar; people must know what they are there for. … The crowd crystal is constant. … Its members are trained in both action and faith.The clarity, isolation, and constancy of the crystal form an uncanny contrast with the excited flux of the surrounding crowd.”

These are the people who can, and will start a revolution. This cluster of individuals are the ones dissatisfied by the frustration of the system and actually doing something to change it. These are a group of men and women who are not just following their academic flow, moving slowly within the current. They move with their own rhythm, with their own stride and direction. They will revolutionize, and they will make a difference.

Concentric rings of color decorate a crystal found in Albany, Oregon. Photograph by David Boyer. From National Geographic.



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§ 2 Responses to The crowd crystals

  • Wija says:

    Wow, it’s really a great and wonderful vision! Beautifully summarized in one simple phrase: “the crowd crystals”! Keep moving guys. And start making the revolution!


  • Multatuli says:

    It always starts from just a small group of people 🙂
    Thanks for the comment Mas!

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