Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 19, 2012, 11:38 a.m. EST by therising
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The last 14 months really have been an amazing breakthrough. When you take a step back to think about the big picture, it is really incredible. For so long I think so many of us as individuals felt like there was a huge gap. On the one hand, there were these giant elephants in the room (ever-growing income disparity, corporate takeover of our political system, human needs and environmental concerns taking a backseat to corporate needs).
And on the other hand was a feeble lapdog corporate press that was failing to even report on the elephants in the room. There were also (and still are) a whole lot of corporate forces making sure Americans are fully juiced on materialism and asleep to rising wealth disparity, environmental destruction etc.
It felt otherworldly to so many millions of us for years/decades to have such enormous and ever growing issues glaring us right in the face and yet there was no significant or widespread discussion of them. Bizarre.
And then all of a sudden Occupy burst on the scene and gave the "silent" majority who had felt it for so long a voice!!! Of course we as individuals and small groups had spoken up over the months and years but it wasn't until we joined together in a chorus collectively that the message broke through and captured the imagination of the nation, even the world. It has just been so incredible to see people in the streets, hear people from all walks of life around the country, around the world speaking their minds, speaking up for humanity in countless ways on thousands of fronts. It's also incredibly gratifying to see others outside of Occupy take heart from the courage of supporters of the Occupy movement (Walmart strike etc.). After all, once some speak up, others feel more inclined to do the same. The confidence grows and grows and Occupy supporters and participants continue to deserve a lot of credit for getting the party started.
Damn - I'm just so grateful it finally happened and will enjoy participating however I can and joining with others to help it grow and grow and grow until the main agenda is based on human needs instead of corporate needs. It's about damn time.
And it feels so incredibly good to realize how many millions of kindred spirits are out there, people who have been feeling the same way all along. Incredible. It turns out we're not alone. It turns out it's not just a few of us that feel this way. It turns out we are a huge group with massive power when we join together. It turns out that we are the 99%! Wow! What an incredible thing to realize that nearly everyone "in the room" has been with us all along.
Now we just need to take the idea, the simple yet powerful revelation that the needs of human beings and their children and grand kids and the environment should come before the needs of corporations.... We need to take that idea, that revelation and act on it, make it real in the world by INSISTING on it as a fundamental guiding principle. We must voice this insistence with the incredible strength that can only come from collective action. And we must do so relentlessly, with a joyful spring in our step as kindness in our heart. 1% of the population can't hold back 99% of the population for long. There's nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come. And when it comes right down to it, the 1% feels the same hunger we do. All their expensive toys just blind them. In the end, what they need is our help to break through the crippling mindset of materialism just as we've all had to do again and again.
So glad to be on this journey with good people like you. I feel so lucky that we live in a time when we are able to witness and participate in such an historical breakthrough. Another world is truly possible. Indeed, the transformation is underway.