Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 16, 2013, 6:52 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt (1) from Plainfield, NJ
My co-workers and I have started a running list of movement lies we tell ourselves. Or tell each other. Or allow to be told even when we’re squirming in our seat. These are myths, delusions, and either/or’s that hold us all back from creating the impact we seek.
Movement building means working on the collective processes and infrastructure that create shared vision, strategy, and action across different areas of social, economic, and ecological justice. It means trying to create movement conditions even when no big “movement moment” is in sight, and nurturing and sustaining those moments once they’ve begun. And like everything we imperfect beings do, we bring our foibles and bad habits to movement building. It’s good to step back every now and then and admit these, embrace the kernel of truth that made them useful, shake our heads, laugh together and let them go.
Here’s three from our Top Ten list, with more to come. What do you think of these? What’s on your Top Ten list?
Lie #1: We are so right and they are so wrong.
This might be my personal favorite because it feels so good when I let myself believe it: the self-congratulating and narrow definition of “we” that allows us to hang on to bad habits and tired ideas and the dehumanizing and possibility-killing definition of “they.” What if we took a chance and believed that we can actually take steps toward a world that works for everyone; a world based on love and care giving and dignity, rather than just reinforcing the lines that others have drawn around us?
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