December 13, 2011 in World
The Occupy Movement reappeared in the headlines yesterday with the West Coast Port Shutdown. Arrests happened from coast to coast as those who couldn’t be on the west coast participated in acts of solidarity in their own cities.
If you follow mainstream media (MSM), you may have thought the movement was dying. Prior to yesterday, I’d seen only two MSM stories over the past few weeks regarding the movement.
One was about the “abandoned 30 tons of garbage” left by Occupy LA after police arrested the protesters. (The follow-up story in this link has details regarding that situation that you won’t find in MSM.)
The other one was about the outlawing of occupy-style protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Other than some arrests and preparations for the future, the obvious conclusion is that nothing is happening.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Occupy Movement is doing something every day. Some days, it occupies foreclosed homes. Some days, it reoccupies areas that have been cleared by authorities. Some days, it becomes a human red carpet outside events attended by the wealthy.
Yesterday, it joined with port workers to close ports on the West Coast of the United States.
I’m not always excited about these specific actions. However, I am excited about the overall action because it comes from the need to put humanity on the move.
From economic equality to political freedom, we need to move away from the arrangements of the past and move into a new way of doing things in the future.
We need to move into a new way that takes into account the needs of the 99% as well as the needs of the 1%. This isn’t about taking from one group to give to another. We can all live well if we make it the goal for all of us to live well.
We need to move away from the idea that life is a zero-sum proposition where if some win, others lose. Life is not and never has been a zero-sum affair. It is a constantly-expanding and multiplying experience. Everything in nature reproduces through multiplication if given enough time to do so.
We need to move away from a scarcity-based society that is the justification for war as we protect what we perceive to be scarce resources. This perspective justifies defense spending and puts the focus on defending instead of cooperating. It gives us reason to use resources, that could be used for solving genuine issues such as hunger and poverty, for creating war machines.
Quite frankly, war is not necessary in an abundant world.
Our move to an abundance mentality will allow us to switch our focus from the current occupation of the unworkable (an act of war) to the forward march of workable solutions for humanity (an act of peace).
This will put humanity on the move towards world peace, freedom, and prosperity for all.
If we truly are the 99%, there are billions of us. Therefore, we have the power to initiate change, change that will work for the 100%.
Now is the time to do this.
I’ve written previously about the specifics of how to make this work. You may find this information at this link. These thoughts will soon be available in a new booklet called “Recipes for OccuPIE.”