A deeper insight into the pottering of Mr. George, Mr. Scholes, and Mr. Robson.

Occupy Wall Street: Dialogue vs. Dismissiveness

For those that think Occupy lacks intelligence or eloquence…I recommend the video clip above ^

When I first heard about Occupy…

I wasn’t quite sure what to think. As I continued to dig a bit deeper into what the protest/movement entailed I found myself deeply conflicted as to whether or not I could express support or concern for a manifestation so seemingly erratic in its goals.

Some said it was a protest to end capitalism, others protesting the Troy Davis execution, still others expressing anti-war sentiments. I can’t quite get behind the concept of rejecting capitalism (or I should say I can’t get behind the economic alternatives which have been suggested thus far). And while I certainly believe in questioning the Troy Davis proceedings and empathize with those protesting the war, Occupy Wall Street is only hindered by this cacophony of ideas.

However, not to jump on the “media sucks” band wagon…

Ok That’s Actually Exactly What I’m Doing

…but having gone down to Zuccotti Park, I’ve found Occupy to be more unified and deliberate than I originally thought. The one sided, sensationalist viewpoints of the major news corporations do little to capture the sense of electric solidarity that exists within the movement. And from the general response here in New York, Occupy Wall Street has successfully brought national discontent with large scale corporate crime to the forefront of conversation. Not a bad thing all in all.

Having Said That…

Occupy still has failed to provide 1 clear cut goal for themselves…or if they have, it hasn’t been made easily accessible to anyone not steeped in the movement. And unfortunately they’re running out of time.

No! The Other “Time”

They clearly have a large amount of New Yorkers agreeing that:

  • This particular manifestation of capitalism is not the best option.
  • Injustices and crimes were perpetrated by very wealthy corporations and banks
  • Music festivals are hip nowadays…ok they’re still workin on that one

But if they don’t find one goal, JUST ONE, and figure out how to achieve that goal either through meetings and “human mics” or through governmental dialogue…the City which supports Occupy at best, and tolerates it at worst, will soon fall back into the natural rhythm of daily survival and fail to be amused by those who get in the way of their commute.

Bottom Line?

Occupy Wall Street has opened up the possibility for a forum in which a dialogue can take place to make right some of what is wrong with the U.S. right now.

This is a good thing.

Why?

Because the extremists that tend to put down these movements are good at dismissing. Dismissing crimes of the government, dismissing human rights, dismissing basic questions about how our country is being run.

It doesn’t mean that these extreme right wing/left wing speakers are always wrong. But they’re definitely not always right. And if a dialogue can somehow be created…a real dialogue…then that can only be a good thing.

So the reason I posted this video of the gentleman discussing Occupy above, is that I sincerely hope that the collective body of Occupy Wall Street can find someone, such as this gentleman, to act as an instrument through which a clear, intelligent voice can speak to a world that is more than ready for a discussion…

…but first needs to know who they’re talking to.

Be Righteous,

~ G.S.R.V

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One response

  1. Who, in their right mind, is not appalled by the notion that GE paid no taxes in 2010, or that they received from the government a $3.2 billion tax benefit, or GE’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt is a business adviser to President Obama, or that the President was the single largest recipient of GE money in 2009–10.

    I know I am. It’s theft, plain and simple, right? Well, it isn’t that simple and it isn’t theft. It’s all legal, which leaves us even more outraged.

    “So what do we do?”

    We trust in God.

    “Bor–ing.”

    To some extent I agree–my flesh is screaming, “This is outrageous, if I don’t react I will explode!”

    But what does the Spirit say? He says….

    “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret–it only causes harm.”

    The entire issue should bring the Christian to His knees, maybe at first in exasperation, but hopefully soon after in surrender. This crisis (and it is a crisis) has brought me to a spiritual fork in the road. To veer left is to say, “Together men we can fix this problem,” but to go right is to declare, “God has already won the battle.”

    “But, but, but…”

    Do we trust God? Then pray, vote, pray…there’s the solution.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM

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