Why “Occupy Wall Street” and Similar Movements Won’t Work
Occupy Wall Street… I’ve largely supported the movement ever since it began. Basically because it makes people think about something else besides their food, clothes and laptops (iPads), makes them question things and dispels the myth that America is a democratic society (meaning that people have power in America).
However, I think that OWS will not work, because:
– Its goal is rather superficial and, even if it’s reached, this will NOT solve the problem the movement is trying to tackle
– The protesters are quite unorganized and uncoordinated, and there’s no solid strategy as to how the movement is supposed to progress
– MAIN REASON: The protesters seem to fail to realize that WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. They, the rich they are protesting against and the police who are being them are ALL PART OF ONE SYSTEM.
Well, you cannot change the system by merely redistributing the roles. This will not work. The system will remain the same. The vicious circle will not be broken.
You always start with yourself…
We are all responsible for this. Even though it doesn’t look like it at the first sight, we all are. We are the 100%, and we are all in this together (sorry if I’m saying this too much).
We have supported this decaying system for hundreds of years by falling for the different tricks it has been using to sustain itself. This system depends on slaves, addicts and cowards. In a way, we are all enslaved, addicted to something or afraid of something. No matter how much we wish this wasn’t true, sadly, it is.
Just think about it. We do not really belong to ourself. From the moment we are born, we’re already “branded”. We all have a citizenship, liabilities, etc. We are forced into doing the things we don’t wanna do to survive. We are made believe that we need the things we don’t really need, and are tricked into ever wanting more and consuming more.
So, by being ok with this way of life and by turning a blind eye to the fact that something is inherently wrong with all this, we have supported this system for a very long time. So, now, it’s a bit naive to think that things will miraculously change once we remove one part of the equation – the rich – from the picture.
Understanding the way the 1% “think”
And, again, we are all in this together, some decayed more than others. Not long ago, I watched a video on YouTube about some people protesting against the atrocities at Guantanamo Bay. One of the protesters had a slogan that read “Who would Jesus torture?”.
Well, the ruling class are not Jesus and they know it. The key to any movement’s success if to understand how you can influence those you’re protesting against. In the case of OWS, this means understanding “the 1%”.
So far all I see is misunderstanding and hostility towards the 1%. Imagine if Jesus came to you and said “You have done wrong and I hate you for that. I’m gonna destroy you right now.”
What if, instead of endlessly expressing our indignation with the rich, we said “OK, guys, we ALL messed up. You probably more than us. You’ve been the abusers, we’ve been the abused, but now let’s just fix it, let’s just get it right”.
Believe me, the ruling class don’t know what they are doing either. In a way, they are also enslaved and brainwashed. However, they don’t see it. They are also “made believe”. They are also programmed. Government officials look to me like robots more than anybody.
A way out?
Well, I guess there would be little point being all utopical if I didn’t offer any solution of my own, would it? So, here is what I think that could be done.
I’m gonna repeat myself just one more time, but a way out would be TO START WITH OURSELVES. Begin living the society you want to become. Consuming what you really want and what you really need. Being yourself more often than not. Being human, not a robot. Understanding that we’re all in this together.
Stop contributing to the government’s industries that keep people addicted to things: pop culture and irritainment, obsession with food, fashion and technology, a blind reliance on healthcare. Do you really must have that new iPhone? If you knew there were NO DOCTORS and NO MEDICINE, would you pay more attention to your health?
I guess you could continue the list yourself.