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Forum Post: Is this just about us or something much more....

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 25, 2011, 5:30 p.m. EST by djjohnthomas (5) from Zephyrhills, FL
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OK… So here we are… We have the attention of the world, “The whole world is watching”….So now what?

I guess I should first introduce myself. My name is John.. I am a 40 year old Father/Partner/Son/Grandson and I have been involved with the occupy movement since basically around the first of October when I first saw the mass arrest in New York. Had I not been a 24 hour a day news junkie, I would have probably misses it since the event barely made overnight headlines. However, when I did notice and became involved locally. The one thing that stood out to me more than anything else was one word -“Equality”. That one word encompassed the feelings, frustrations and (not to be too over dramatic) hopelessness I have been feeling on a very personal level for over 20 years… I thought to myself “This is it. This is the movement I have been hoping for all my life.”

Since becoming involved in the movement, I have heard a lot more words.. Bank Bailouts, All about the Fed and fractional reserve banking, and corruption in politics are just a few (but seem to be the most popular) of the buzz words. I have always been very aware of these things, I just always wrote all that off to the way society as a whole had become, not the fault of any particular entity. And all of which, on the surface and under our current system, are very bad things. While I guess if we plan on keeping thing like they are and the way they have always been, since practically the earliest days of ancient civilization, we do need to fix it. I, however, am getting discouraged by the notion of fixing a system back to broken and morally bankrupt… Please understand I am not bashing any part of this movement, I think it is a great thing, it is bringing people together, making people talk, and bringing us to the brink of enlightenment. I believe there are many people that believe passionately in what personally brought them out here and I am NOT belittling those beliefs. I guess I am just aspiring for so much more, and I hope it is not too much…

A little off my own topic here, but it does kind of tie into whether this is a national or a global movement.. Everyone has been outraged with the incidents of pepper spraying and people not being allowed to assemble (rightfully so) - But where is the outrage and solidarity for our brothers and sisters in Egypt being murdered in the streets for assembly?? For the men, women and children around the world being slaughtered fighting for their rights? Are we really only fighting to make the system we have a little more fair for us, or are we in this for true equality for everyone?

 So I return to my original statement, “The whole world is watching” – Should we not use that to unite the world for global change? I for one am, and have always been, bothered by the fact that in this day and age, when we can travel to the moon, we cannot insure that no man woman or child EVER goes hungry, without shelter or without equal medical care. Isn’t it time that we all realized we are all born out of the very universe itself and that borders are outdated and truly naïve, almost egocentric in nature? That this planet and everything born of it belongs to each of us (and all living things biological and ecologically) equally.  That everyone’s contribution to society must be equally 

All the non violent direct action to get all the different messages out has its merits. But for how long do we gather and then go home? A lot of people have been coming together for almost 3 months now both to occupy and for various calls to action… My final question is how do we get everyone that wants to change the world to gather NOW (figuratively speaking – gotta be some notice) and not move until we fix the world the way it should be. Not just in your city or state, not just in one nation, but everyone across the world united to demand equality. International Human Rights Day is December 10th... just sayin’

Peace to everyone…

(I have edited this post on occasion(mostly for grammar), not changing context, but making small additions as I think of them)



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[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago

Very nice post.

[-] 2 points by Kylest (2) 12 years ago

I have felt the same way, and wondered why the movement has allowed itself to get honed down to just our own problems.. When I first heard if occupy I thought as well that it was about more... Now it seems people just want to reform america, screw the rest of the world :(

[-] 2 points by Mommyofangels (2) from Tampa, FL 12 years ago

Very well put djjohnthomas. I completely agree.