” ‘Massive and effective street protest’ was a global oxymoron until — suddenly, shockingly — starting exactly a year ago, it became the defining trope of our times. And the protester once again became a maker of history.”
This is a great article… and as a person who grew up in the times when “radical critiques and protests against the system were mostly confined to pop-culture fantasy” and “rare large demonstrations in the rich world seemed ineffectual and irrelevant”, I’m so glad to be on the verge of 23 years old in a World where people my age are finally fighting the status quo of complacency and apathy. As the bumper sticker says; “If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention”. I applaud the Times for recognizing the shift in thought around the world. I applaud “The Protestor” for allowing those who are attentive and mad, a platform for voicing concerns. Our young minds and bodies are needed to push our society past the speed bump that previous generations can’t seem to get over. I have hope.
Time Magazine: Cover Story: The Protester
I just think that we keep getting pissed about surface issues (I’m guilty of this as well) while the underlying issues have NEVER been treated. There will always be inequality; a war on crime, poverty, and drugs; non-sustainable lifestyles for our Earth; a disgusting secrecy to our food system; an epidemic of mood disorders; and a lack of understanding/intellect about these issues as long as the underlying problems in our society (and ultimately all of humanity at this point) remain untreated.
We need to start acting more like humans and less like mechanical consumeristic drones. There needs to be less abstraction in our every daily lives. We eat burgers (not cows), we drink Pepsi (not caffeinated sugar water), we watch fashion shows (not women becoming live mannequins), and we’re overweight (not people who are hurting and have dealt with depression, anxiety, disease, inactivity, etc). We need to stop grouping ourselves into categories. We need to stop degrading people different from ourselves. I mean the list of what we shouldn’t do is unfortunately endless.
What we can do today… right now… is go back to supporting one another and loving one another. We are all capable of that… sometimes we slip up and get into the habit of hiding behind a computer screen and degrading people or accepting the status quo even when it’s harmful but we’re all capable of being what we need. Dependence on our mechanical system has estranged us from who we really are. The only way to fight it is to stand together and remind each other that we have the power to love and support one another and make this world better for our children to come. Only in a nurturing environment can we truly thrive.
#OccupyWallStreet at #BrooklynBridge
The people are sitting in solidarity while the police have stopped the march on the Brooklyn Bridge. Pic thanks to Jeffrae on Twitter.
Live Stream of #OccupyWallStreet protests!
Right now, hundreds of people are peacefully occupying wallstreet in order to take the power back to the people and there is a media blackout about it. Twitter and Facebook are as well censoring their trends. Help me to spread this message to all your followers and the people you follow so that we can together be strong against the upper 1%. Let’s write history and stand up for our rights. Thank you.
Visit occupywallst.org for more information.
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