"In the absence of peace and love, we teach war and hate as an escape from the problems we are too lazy to solve."
America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before - unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety. Especially in the face of economic crisis, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons options of last – not first – resort.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips.” Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
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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Let’s Find a New Dream
How have they kept the masses down? Kept them hungry, scared, uneducated, and under the illusion they are well fed on gimmicks, brave in their patriotism, and complacent in their illusions. People act like that could never happen in today’s society. Propaganda, mass manipulation? Never! Not in AMERICA, the Land of the Free. But it has happened. History repeats itself, maybe not in the same way, but due to the same human flaws. Greed, ego, and need for power. Only this time we’ve been given the heartbreaking, illusory hope of an achievable American Dream. Who are those who succeed? Those who’ve worked hard and earned it! Okay, but tell me this, why is it someone who worked 70 hours a week running a mom and pop store just to make ends meet is less deserving than someone working on Wall Street? Just tell me WHY?
Can the same be said for all work place hierarchies? High school hierarchies? Those at the top are the most deserving? I’m not talking about high-paid professionals, scientists, doctors or economists. I’m talking about the people who gamble on the stock exchange. The people who run banks making MILLIONS every year. Please someone explain to me what God-rewarded values and hard work landed them that position in life. The only common thread I see is one of sociopathy and a willingness to climb and accumulate with no regard for others, going well beyond the point where many others would stop out of moral shame or guilt or legal bounds.
The system we all are born and bred to believe in is that hard work and toil will be rewarded as deserved. And hard work is spending hard hours of study culminating in scientific, technological or philosophic contributions to the progress of society. It means working hard building and creating your own ideas or your own homes. Protection of property means protect your right to toil and keep the fruits of that toil - your business you build, your harvest you sew, your house you build, your ideas and things you discover. The system as you imagine it is not meant to protect disinterested outsiders from camping outside your home or your small business and profiting off of bets against your failures.
Wake up America. This is not the dream. We got lost somewhere along the way and, yes, we also learnt a lot along the way - about civil rights and environmental sustainability. So let’s step forward instead of back. Let us learn from our mistakes and develop our progresses. Now is the time to find a new dream.
Occupy your country!