A Reminder to Have Hope
Some of you may be at the precipice - a realization that life does NOT have to be that of our parents or in line with the ideals our parents had. We can exist under an entirely new paradigm. It sounds like an enormous challenge, but why not? We certainly wouldn’t be the first generation to change our social paradigm. Look at history, look how culture grew and changed over time. Each society has had it’s focuses - philosophy and thought, conquer and explore, invent and innovate, entertain and sensualize. We change all the time! In small ways from decade to decade, in large ways from Dark Ages to Renaissance to Technology Age. Why can’t we be a new design?
We have something incredibly special. We have the internet and a way to discuss and communicate and empathize worldwide that no other culture has ever had before. We are developing new ideals, new needs as a result. We are more socialized and harmonized, which goes totally against the ultra individualistic, self serving ideals of to each their own, now fight freely for a piece of the pie, the strongest will win, good luck losers mantra of today. Especially when those “losers” include liberal arts thinkers, brilliant sensualists, creative beyond belief innovators. Geniuses of their own right. Huge social contributors. And many of us create to share, not to profit.
The Internet has proven this. We make things to make people laugh or learn or be amazed. Because the beauty of the internet is that we can, as special and unique as we each are, find a community amongst those who are more similar to ourselves - something we’ve never had the luxury of before in the history of our species. And because we have this ability to find like-minded people, we have an audience and camaraderie. We have similar interests and so our creations are met with applause. We write for the readers. We code for the people. We develop and build and film so many extraordinary things. And for what? For FREE. Why?? Because there are people who appreciate it and for some reason, that sufficiently feeds our human need for acceptance, honor, pride, acclaim, etc. without the need for the past needed riches.
But we’re still stuck in this old system, where money means everything. Where the ideal way to be is a rich white douche who has embroidered shirts and 50 different cuff links (that certainly isn’t MY fucking dream). We live in a society where being able to BUY and CONSUME means more than CREATING and SUSTAINING.
So we have menial jobs to make it by and we come alive when we are finally free to pursue our interests and we build and create. So I suppose I don’t know why I keep hearing that capitalism is so great because it brings us innovation. You don’t have innovations without creations and creativity. Such things are actually stifled in this paradigm, where half the art is cutting as many corners as possible while still sucking as much out of the people as possible. Artistic abilities are scoffed at or capitalized upon and co-opted by entertainment INDUSTRY, repackaged and sold to the mass public as brain rot.
The current system does not support the growing minds of these new generations. I used to think, but how could the world change so much during MY lifetime, what are the chances? But what are the chances internet would be invented connecting the whole world instantly. We have mobile phones with cameras and instant twitter feeds, things cannot stay hidden. This is a different world and one that must be more harmonious and socialized. We are the most stimulated humans of all time. The amount of information we have been charged with, the free and easy ability to learn and self-educate (and for free on the internet, often created and compiled for free). We have the ability for so much enlightenment and awareness and growth as a species.
We don’t have to feel so overwhelmed or like it is an impossible feat. We’ve been gifted with unbelievable experience and knowledge. We are a world of free explorers - in five clicks you can see pictures, videos, -pedias, and talk to people from almost anywhere in the world.
Change can be okay. Change does not have to be terrifying. Look over the human history, most change has been for the better and that was hasn’t be, lessons can be learnt, because again, we have unfathomable access to the histories of the world and others’ mistakes.
We are an extraordinarily young country. America used to stand for something and was an example of progress. Something to really be patriotic about. But we’re no longer the example. Why is that? Because the plot was lost. We have the ability to make America an example to follow again. And not in a condescending, belittling, and domineering way, but through the peaceful osmosis of enlightenment and education.
It IS POSSIBLE. TOGETHER WE DO HAVE THE POWER. LET’S OCCUPY OUR COUNTRY!
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Both are at fault. We all are at fault. The People for their complacency and ignorance (though lack of transparency is largely at fault for that). The Government for aiding and abetting fraudsters and failing to protect its People or serve in their best interests. And Wall Street for criminally defrauding the People, buying congress by lobbying and paying for legislation that serves Wall Street, and taking money off the free market for their own use. They run the corporations which finance the companies in which middle class and lower class Americans work. The tighter they clench on these companies, the less these companies pay their workers in wages and the more economical it is to move overseas. The more money that goes to padding the pockets of executives who, let’s face it, have admin and student interns (I’ve been one of those) doing most of their work while they schmooze, drink bourbon, play golf and gamble away our futures on Wall Street, the less money “trickles down” to hard working Americans.
Compare it to an exam. The government is the proctor. The people are the students. The grading curve is our money curve. If a few people cheat, the curve is skewed and the students suffer. Ideally, the proctor will step in. If the proctor does not step in, there will be no accountability or action taken, and the cheating will continue and the students will continue to suffer. The students can either stand idly by and allow these transgressions to continue, or they can stand up and point out the cheater and then demand corrective action.
Most people, alone, are afraid to step forward and demand fairness and justice in the face of complacency. One brave student stands up, points to the cheater and says, “Stop Cheating!” He looks around for support, ie solidarity, and sees other students start to stand beside him, all pointing to the cheater, “Stop Cheating!”
Once the students feel they have support and the cheating has be sufficiently exposed and their cries legitimized, they will turn to the proctor and demand action. And upon failure to act, demand a new proctor.
The Occupiers are those students standing up and pointing to the cheater and calling a spade a spade.
Yes, we are angry at the government! For allowing itself to be bought and sold and used as a tool against the very people it is designed to serve. I don’t think anyone genuinely supporting the Occupy movement does not also hold the government accountable as complicit in these schemes. But before we can make demands that will actually be HEARD, more people need to be educated and enlightened. More people need to be aware of what is going on. And what is going on is Wall Street is buying our government. The government no longer serves its constituents on matters that effect the economy. And cheating banksters are the ones fucking up the money curve for the rest of us, and all the complacent students sitting around ignorant to what is going on need to know WHY people are angry, so that, as one voice, We The People can turn to our government and DEMAND accountability, enforce changes and regulations that serve the People and put an end to government sanctioned criminal fraud. Without mass support of the People, the media and government can spin, ignore, and brush aside the demands of a few outraged protesters as hippies, commies, bandwagon hipsters, and lazy hand-out seeking trash and NOT DO A DAMN THING and the complacent people will ALLOW THEM TO DO NOTHING.
The movement will move to DC and it won’t just be an outraged and enlightened few. Instead, it will be something our government cannot ignore.
Q:Ask has been implemented: To answer your first question, the Blue Policy is a symbol/movement that is indeed being proffered by one (more or less) compatriot (I do have the help of family and friends). The initial intent has been to create a sort of packaging and branding, an easily communicated short-hand of the ideals that are important to me and seemingly countless others. Will everyone agree? No, but I know many do. It's our responsibility to stand now.
Personally, I like what you stand for and the simplicity of your symbol and would be happy to help you put this out there. While I do not wish to promote collective zombie fever, as some ignorant souls are attempting to condescendingly portray the occupy movement as, I do feel that symbol, badges, flags can be huge in bringing people together in solidarity. I quite like the blue circle. Simple, pure, intentional or unintentional O for occupy, yeah, nice!
Only one voice like yourself, but, here SPREAD THE WORD: