Today across the nation people are gathering. We are raising our voices in unison to our parents and forebearers to say that their way of doing things – their mindset – is no longer functional.
The progress of the past is not the progress of the future.
Sadly, there are people across the nation, and certainly in our own neighborhoods and families who do not understand. They witness us rocking the boat, and they shy away and say “SHAME ON YOU!”
I read on a facebook update, “We are all victims.” No, we are not. We are only victims if we allow ourselves to continue to live as victims. We are only victims if we do not take a stand and “decide to rise!” (Thank you Danielle La Porte for your pep talk today.)
We have sat and watched and listened and stood crippled by our own inexactitude. We have allowed the mainstream media and popular culture to mold and shape us into unrecognizable robots. We listen to the music handed to us, we watch the TV made for us, and we read the novels that are given to us by the educators of a system that is less than ideal.
When was the last time you read a book just because it looked interesting?
When did you do something simply because you thought it would teach you something?
Occupy America, Occupy Wall Street, the Occupy movement is just as much about the changing of our mindset as it is about corporate greed and the government’s undermining of our rights as citizens.
Yesterday, as I watched and reviewed a litany of information I was struck by the publics lashing out at these protesters calling them lazy, communists, hippies, and worse. I tried to explain to one group in a comment on yahoo’s article entitled,
(Please note that I wanted to copy and paste it here, but the link is no longer functioning.)
I stated that just because my view is different from the norm does not make me a communist. We don’t have communist goals. We do not think that we should be handed a bunch of free money. If you look at what me and millions of other people in my generation are saying you will not find communist idealism. We are not saying that every one deserves an equal portion of the pie.
We are saying that it’s time to remake the pie.
It’s time to go back to ground zero, to join forces as a population to remake and reform the errors of the past. Sometimes problems get so huge that all you CAN DO is full stop, back it up and start over. The democratic system is not broken. The perception of the people against this movement is that we are trying to abolish the system as it is. No…most of us are not.
The system is flawed – yes, but correctable.
The older generations raised us to believe that anything is possible if we work together and strive to make the world a better place. Then you threw us in front of a television and fed us bull shit, hoping that we wouldn’t wake up to realize the extent to which you have tried to brainwash us.
We are waking up.
We are finally realizing the truth of the consequences of your actions.
We are going to connect, correct, and contend with the changes that must be made in order to make the future for our children, one in which they don’t have to have the same struggles as we are faced with today.
Look around the media outlets today and check what the reports are about.
Check up on your congressmen and congresswomen, look at what they have done and are they doing anything?
Read and research the news for yourself. You will be shocked at the inaccuracy of some new stories.
Take the time to think about how you impact the world.
Take the time to think about how you could change your impact.
Take the initiative to play against type and stand for something.
Steve Jobs was a brilliant man, and today we mourn his passing. This portion of his speech from the graduation ceremonies at Stanford in 2010, speaks directly to this need to act now, don’t wait for someone else to do what you can do.
“It was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
Links to information about the Occupy movement can be found here: