I’d like to start by saying that I’m a future scientist, microbiologist to be exact. Biology is the study of life, all life and I study life on a micro scale. I know life’s basic principles and these principles can be applied to EVERY aspect of life, all things living. Bacteria live in the MOST SUCCESSFUL biological system on Earth. Bacteria know living. We people and our environment is a biological system (living and non-living). Did you think humans were the most successful? HA! Bacteria that live in biofilms (sticky goo in your bathtub and plaque on your teeth) are 10x more protected then their tyrant relatives (pathogens, germs) that go infecting and killing their hosts (the pathogens food source!)! The bacteria in biofilms work TOGETHER. Each area of the biofilm is specialized for a specific function: protection, organization, food, construction. Of course they communicate (chemical signaling) so all this runs smoothly. Life for the free floating tyrant pathogens, life is TOUGH! Host immune systems put up a good fight! When they work/live together life’s a breeze. Get the picture? Of course with science there are ALWAYS exceptions but I’m only trying to make a point.
Back in early January (such a SHORT TIME!), I read this quote: “knowledge begins with curiosity" and I took the time out to figure out what I was curious about. What made me go, "hmm, that’s interesting"? My minds journey: tumblr > is marijuana really that bad? > Oh weed is GOOD? > Why is it illegal? > How to change laws > I wonder what this occupy movement is? > Politics > big corporations > Racism > What happened to the black power movement? > Conditioning, mind control > government corruption > taxes > DOCUMENTARIES > global economic crisis the power of perception > The Constitution, humanity, freedom
AND THEN I REALIZED SOMETHING (I am a scientist and problem solver) this all started with me answering my curiosity! I asked my teenage cousin what she was curious about and she didn’t know! She said whatever happens, happens! I asked “so you don’t think you have any control over what happens to you?” She said yes for when she gets in trouble. I asked her what about when you’re not in trouble and her little mind blew!
Humanity doesn’t know it’s in trouble because their closed, small scale minds. Sorry if that was insensitive. The only way to wake people up is to unlock their brains. We’ve been conditioned to think small scale. We’ve been conditioned to doubt ourselves and our ability. Too bad for them my favorite question is “why?” Don’t stifle any child’s curiosity. My mother always told me “go look it up.” That was the best lesson she ever taught me. People think being smart is hard and all about being able to solve math equations. Being smart, intelligent etc is about being open minded and answering your curiosity and that’s NOT HARD. Everyone has the ability to answer their curiosity! You DO have power and control over what happens to you, over your own life.
Ask everyone you talk to what they’re curious about. Have they ever wandered something for so long and never looked it up? The internet is at their disposal. The people’s curiosity will kill the tyrant cat!
One of the largest tragedies of the human condition is the yearning for knowledge and understanding about things we will likely never fully understand (given our limited minds/nature/access/dimension). But not everyone seems to have a driving need to understand everything around them, i.e. a passionate curiosity. Why do you think that is? Has their curiosity simply not been sparked? Or are they simply less curious, more content with not understanding? Furthermore, you have to know what questions to ask and have the faculties to discern plausible answers and facts from speculations and misinformation (a skill not everyone has). Some people struggle to logically jump from one realization to another or to sort out inconsistencies and contradictions.
Do people think this is simply luck of the draw, akin to intelligence or athletic ability or creative talent, or do you think this is something that can be better addressed in our children’s education?
As the nation heads into an election year, the Occupy movement — beginning with the Occupy Wall Street protests in the fall — has spread to local college campuses, providing students with a broader framework for issues and triggering a return of political activism on college campuses.
"We follow Occupy Wall Street’s direct democracy," said Kevin Castaneda, 20, a State University College at Geneseo student who last month helped launch Occupy Geneseo.
While activist students want to be part of a national dialogue in the coming presidential election year, their focus goes well beyond electoral politics.
Comparisons are beginning to be made between today’s nascent student activism and the 1960s, when campuses became hotbeds of social change.
Back then, a quest for equality — sparked by the civil rights movement — and opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War mobilized large numbers of students on some college campuses.
"The key idea was participatory democracy — people involved directly in the decisions that affected them, not just in elections," said Richard Flacks, who as a University of Michigan graduate student in 1962 helped draft a manifesto for Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
Many of the students in the Occupy movement identify with the broad-stroke themes that have emerged. “The main issue — the one that everyone is coming back to — is that a small group of people have control of the wealth,” said Anna Grohens, 25.
The link between local college activists and the Occupy movement became most apparent on the Dec. 10 march, when about 75 protesters — mostly students — marched from Washington Square to the Liberty Pole.
Speeches were given about rising college debt, education as a human right, the influence of corporations on public education, college endowments and the support for other Occupy movements.
"Zuccotti Park showed that we were no longer willing to lie down and take what we were handed," said Alykhan Alani [submitter], 21, a University of Rochester senior from Pittsford who this past summer formed Rochester Students for Social Justice, which teamed up with Occupy Rochester’s Student Working Group to plan the march.
A core group of about 10 students from local colleges — including Castagno and Alani — meet on Saturdays to brainstorm strategy.
What will come out of this strategy seems to be a mix of raising specific issues on campuses and attending rallies — here and elsewhere — about problems facing students.
Submitted by: djalykhan
in response to your last post my first reaction is to have not just a third party but a third and fourth party. One liberal and one conservative, otherwise one will hurt the corporate-conservative party or the corporate-less conservative party, and help the other win. If we have at least two new parties that only have candidates that accept $0.01-$100 donations from American citizens only; this will start to change the body politic of America from the inside out. To me the purpose of these parties would be to challenge the corporate political elite, with the intention of making a new constitution, that incorporates the second bill of rights and strictly limits the abilities of corporation.
Submitted by strive-for-it
We are a group of 10th grade students from Greenfield in Western Massachusetts. We are doing a school project in our History class about activism. Our group chose to stand behind Occupy Wall Street. We are advocating for campaign finance reform, we’re trying to make the wealth gap smaller, and we believe that the top 1 percent (that can obviously afford it) should pay higher taxes than the 99 percent. If you have any additional information for us or would simply like to follow us to stand behind the fact that students ARE interested in this movement and WANT to be a part of it, you are more then welcome.