A movement is underfoot. This movement, if successful, will change the face of the world as we know it.
Right now #Occupy is but in it’s infancy, as it seeks to define it’s message and it’s place in the future. There has been misinformation and confusion surrounding the movement, so it is my intention to communicate what I believe to be the motivations and intentions behind this world-changing event, and to inspire you to get involved in the fate of your future.
Remember that feeling of happiness we felt when Obama gave his victory speech back in 2008? We all believed that our voices had finally been heard, and that change was on its way. I remember that deep sense of hope I felt when we had finally elected someone into the White House that talked about caring for the common people; a president that wanted to reduce the suffering of not just Americans, but the world as a whole. Obama communicated the need to change our financial system, to save a planet in peril, and to end two American wars. Obama inspired a nation with a call to service, calling for a new spirit of sacrifice. This is what the Occupy movement is all about.
The global awakening is underway. We see pockets of it here and there. Cooperatives and credit unions are becoming more populous. People are making smarter purchasing decisions and thinking about the consequences of their actions. I have seen an explosion of awareness around the world that we have created together, and it gives me hope for the future. Now is the time for us to stand together, to fix a world that can be better.
But what does this have to do with the Occupy protests? Everything.
Our current economic system is largely responsible for many of the world’s problems as they are now. Capitalism endowed us with the idea that bigger is better, and that greed is good. This led us to ignore the harm we were doing to the environment and to other peoples. This system is responsible for the destruction of the environment and the death of millions due to poverty and war. Though Capitalism in its time did accomplish some good, as this system did manage to incentivize innovation, which allowed for the growth of comparative advantage which in turn resulted in resource maximization. But we are in a different place now! The world has changed and it can no longer support capitalism. People are suffering, the environment is suffering, and the future hangs in the balance. So I ask you, now that we have built our infrastructure and technology up to an amazing point, why not re shift our focus towards improving our day to day lives? How could life be better?
Let’s chose to focus on truly connecting with the world around us! Let’s take the time to talk to the human beings beside us instead of staring at our iPhones all day. Let’s focus on finding meaningful employment that we love rather than soul sucking work! For me personally, I’d love to work in a community garden helping to grow that season’s crop of vegetables. I love the idea of being out in the sun, breathing fresh air, connecting with my neighbors, growing my own food, and feeling completely connected with the world around me. For you it may be that you want to work in a scientific lab uncovering the secrets of the universe. So what if we instead made major infrastructure and scientific advancements the result of collaborative projects between governments meant to increase the quality of life of all, rather than that of a select few? If we can change the way we think about the world, then we can change the way the world works. It starts today, with you. These are conversations we can start to have, and this is why #Occupy is so extremely important. It is the first step to changing the world. It will bring us together to talk as equals. Creed, race, sex…doesn’t matter. We may not have the answers to all of the world’s problems yet, but we’re human beings! We are an ingenious bunch and we can make this change happen!
#OccupyWallStreet is about to face a massive hurdle. The city of New York, under the direction of Mayor Bloomberg, has just announced that they will be forcibly removing protesters for cleaning operations on Friday. This is an attempt to turn the tides of the protest, because upon return the protestor’s rights will be severely limited. No tents, no lying down, no tarps and no equipment. What will happen to these protests under those conditions? They will most likely falter. This cannot happen. The reason the powers that be are beginning to push back is because other methods of squashing these protests have failed. Ignorance, media slander and police assaults have all failed to remove these people from their feet. Now the city of New York has turned to sanitation to force these protestors to move. As a counter movement Occupy organizers are doing their best to organize a cleaning blitz before 6 am ET tomorrow. Unless this succeeds these protestors will be removed, so I plead the people of New York to lend massive support and take to the streets in support of their fellow New Yorkers.
This moment can be the turning point. If we chose to falter now, we may lose our future and that of our planet. Please join your brothers and sisters in protest. If unable to do so, please spread their message. We have the opportunity to change the world, let’s take it. We can no longer wait for governments and corporations to come around and see equality and love as something to be valued. They are preoccupied with other affairs. It is up to us, today, tomorrow, and as long as it takes, to stand up for our selves, for our families and friends, for every single person in the world that laughs and cries; that loves and hurts; that feels disillusioned that the world is coming to an end. We say to them, we are strong! We stand together, shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand, and we show everyone that we are willing to peacefully stand for the well being of other’s beside ourselves! We tell them that we will no longer be subject to a system that seeks to disconnect us! We will gather in communities and meet our neighbors! We will take to the streets and talk to strangers. We all breathe the same air, and drink the same water. We are all human, and we all feel. Please stand together, and show the world what love and understanding can accomplish! “Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.”
Join your local Occupy protest and stand for the future. Information can be found on Facebook, or at occupywallst.org.