I must say that I’m not taking to the streets amid all these protests that are sweeping the world under a variety of names. And I also must say that I am pleased to see it happening, overjoyed, in fact.
It has taken awhile for this awakening of sorts to emerge. I remember years and years ago someone (maybe Al Gore? maybe not) saying that the « old » way of thinking, of organizing and bringing about change was on its way out, that the « future » was community-based, « unorganized » in the sense of not being centered on an « official » body, party, group, but bands of overlapping bands, interconnecting rings of people joined together. And so it is.
The point is that we’re all in this together, the 99% and the 1%, rich and poor, strong and weak, haves and have-nots.
Yet I’m still surprised to notice that the Americans and their « Occupy Wall Street » assume that they are at the forefront. When the fact is, it all started elsewhere — in the Arab Spring, obviously, but also with Stéphane Hessel’s phenomenal pamphlet, « Indignez-vous! » (« Time for Outrage » is the English title) published last fall, then the movement launched in Madrid in May…
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where it « started. » We could even say that the protests were « started » by the very people they are targeting.
I see that Buddhists are jumping in with the slogan « Occupy the Present. »
Funny, because the truth is that the present can’t be « occupied. » And in a sense, believing otherwise is what got us all into this deluded mess that is our world today.