Over this past Thanksgiving holiday and the rush of greed called Black Friday, I heard about a group of Occupy protesters “occupying” a shopping mall. Others made the news “occupying” other areas of capitalism and consumerism and cooperate exploitation. I began to think on the Occupy movement more deeply that I had previously. The following is a meditation on the revolution:
To Occupy seems a slang verb meaning to 1)take up a space in time for the purpose of expressing an otherwise unpopular idea. 2)To force those in power to acknowledge the existence and suffering of those who are not in power, giving voice to those who’ve been made powerless. Anyone add to the definition?
It is a common term in pop culture all ready. People are having “occupy the couch” parties. This year’s Christmas will be known and “Occupy Bethlehem”. The message is becoming diluted and diffuse. Anger and contempt in general can only go so far and I sense the end of this arc is swiftly approaching.
The Occupy movement seems to be focusing on symbols of capitalism and corruption and greed. There is so much anger and contempt aimed at those with the power in our country. It is beginning to collapse in on itself. Our whole system has become fringed. There is no longer a middle, only the edges are populated.
In the turmoil and chaos that most of us see on the news and hear on the radio, the human-ness seems lost. At the base level and when the yelling has stopped and the pepper spray cans have emptied we are people, we are human and we can talk. But how much of this talk can be productive. In this time of history, rhetoric has become currency and issues have become livestock.
I want to add my voice to those occupying. My feelings align with the sentiments of the Occupiers……however I have a call to strategy.
Occupy the Congress! This is a body of Government tasked with representing and leading us. They are failing us. They have betrayed the public trust. The are either unwilling or unable to function as a governing body. They are mired in corruption. And so they serve first those who have paid for their position. They are further shackled by their own constituents believing that it is wise to practice single issue politics and a refusal to compromise.
The 99% must become “We the People”. Demonstrate on the steps of the capital. Occupy the very seat the lobbyist use to bribe and coerce and deceive our representatives. The people must make their known their will so that those chosen to represent us may foster and grow those things that will make our people healthy, our children educated and our land protected. How can these people refuse to govern? How can they wait to act? The call for the government in our times….Do Something!?!
Occupy a message. This movement needs substance. Right now it stands up with vitriol, raw energy and passion for change. We desire a revolution yet offer no path nor name any destination. revolution is an act, what is the result of the revolt? In other words….What do we want to see happen? What steps must our leader take to regain the support of the people? Once a message is formed we may have a criteria on which we may judge the progress or regress of those we would see changed. What kind of muscle does the Occupy movement have with out this?
Get out in front of the crowd. Humans need leaders. If this movement is to sustain the call for revolution, we must have a face and a voice to unite behind. Every movement needs a charismatic leader. Though let us be warned that this is often the path that will lead to downfall. Chosing leaders means submitting to their leadership. And this remains a risky step but a step that must be taken. There is no way to get a movement going other than to move.
What a wonderful chance this revolution is. Prayers that it takes hold, that we may evoke change toward a new way of imagining our world.