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This is a bit of a personal post. But “fuck the police.”
I grew up abiding to the system. “the” being almost every system within a system. And when I say “abiding” I mean being subdued to the point where I didn’t realize I was being suppressed. So goes the saying “Ignorance is bliss.”
I lived my life following a trail left by settlers and my life was simple. I wasn’t rich, but my parents supported my education. What would give them a reason not to? They didn’t know any better. They grew up in the same system with the same ideals as I did. What a cycle of misguidance.
As I worked my way through junior high, the dmv lines, high school, and then to college, I stopped to reflect on my direction. Basically, this is what I planned for my life: go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, retire, and die. Now I looked at that path and I questioned whether or not I really wanted to pursue that course. After all, this was my only life and coming out of high school, these were the most vital years of my life. My choice was now.
I went through an entire phase of open-mindedness. I allowed myself to ask questions such as “why” and came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to wait until I was near-death to experience life.
So I ridded myself from things that kept me immobile and prevented me from expressing my true behavior. I’ve abandoned organized religion which led to the ability to experience life in a new light. This experience led me to come up with a simple conclusion: only the suppressed are rebellious. If you give people the right to do what they want, they will do what they want. If you conform them to do what you tell them to, they will try in all their power to challenge your rules.
I’m considering dropping out of college and taking on a different route all together. Because I am tired of the educational system. I am tired. and yes, I am Ruthless. Let’s begin.
“People want out of this fiendish system, rigged to inexorably circumvent every hope we have for a more balanced world. They want major changes. I think I understand now that this is what the Occupy movement is all about. It’s about dropping out, if only for a moment, and trying something new, the same way that the civil rights movement of the 1960s strived to create a “beloved community” free of racial segregation. Eventually the Occupy movement will need to be specific about how it wants to change the world. But for right now, it just needs to grow. And if it wants to sleep on the streets for a while and not structure itself into a traditional campaign of grassroots organizing, it should. It doesn’t need to tell the world what it wants. It is succeeding, for now, just by being something different.”
via Rolling Stone
We’re drummers on a different beat
1. It names the source of the crisis.
Political insiders have avoided this simple reality: The problems of the 99% are caused in large part by Wall Street greed, perverse financial incentives, and a corporate takeover of the political system. Now that this is understood, the genie is out of the bottle and it can’t be put back in.
2. It provides a clear vision of the world we want.
We can create a world that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest 1%. And we, the 99%, are using the spaces opened up by the Occupy movement to conduct a dialogue about the world we want.
3. It sets a new standard for public debate.
Those advocating policies and proposals must now demonstrate that their ideas will benefit the 99%. Serving only the 1% will not suffice, nor will claims that the subsidies and policies that benefit the 1% will eventually “trickle down.”
4. It presents a new narrative.
The solution is not to starve government or impose harsh austerity measures that further harm middle-class and poor people already reeling from a bad economy. Instead, the solution is to free society and government from corporate dominance. A functioning democracy is our best shot at addressing critical social, environmental, and economic crises.
5. It creates a big tent.
We, the 99%, are people of all ages, races, occupations, and political beliefs. We will resist being divided or marginalized. We are learning to work together with respect.
6. It offers everyone a chance to create change.
No one is in charge; no organization or political party calls the shots. Anyone can get involved, offer proposals, support the occupations, and build the movement. Because leadership is everywhere and new supporters keep turning up, there is a flowering of creativity and a resilience that makes the movement nearly impossible to shut down.
7. It is a movement, not a list of demands.
The call for deep change—not temporary fixes and single-issue reforms—is the movement’s sustaining power. The movement is sometimes criticized for failing to issue a list of demands, but doing so could keep it tied to status quo power relationships and policy options. The occupiers and their supporters will not be boxed in.
8. It combines the local and the global.
People in cities and towns around the world are setting their own local agendas, tactics, and aims. What they share in common is a critique of corporate power and an identification with the 99%, creating an extraordinary wave of global solidarity.
9. It offers an ethic and practice of deep democracy and community.
Slow, patient decision-making in which every voice is heard translates into wisdom, common commitment, and power. Occupy sites are set up as communities in which anyone can discuss grievances, hopes, and dreams, and where all can experiment with living in a space built around mutual support.
10. We have reclaimed our power.
Instead of looking to politicians and leaders to bring about change, we can see now that the power rests with us. Instead of being victims to the forces upending our lives, we are claiming our sovereign right to remake the world.
Ring the bell to join us.