I wonder what Gandhi would think?
|November 4, 2011||Posted by Michael Hardy under Figs and Gold|
Last night was a lot of fun. As Maria and I were marching down Broadway towards Wall Street with the OCCUPY WALL STREET MOB who were waving signs and beating drums we came up with our own angry jingle. Here it goes:
Wall Street…! Wall Street…..! Stand up tall on your own two feet! Wall Street…! Wall Street…! Stand up tall on your own two feet!
I hadn’t really given the whole ( OWS ) Occupy Wall Street Movement much thought up until this point but considering how long i’ts been running and gaining attention I thought that it’s time to listen. According to the website www.occupywallstreet.org this is what they are trying to accomplish: “Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants. This ows movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians to build a better society.”
What can I say.. I am guy who has a retirement account that invests in US companies, owns property, has a decent car, has a job that ultimately could provide me an income that would make me the 1%. Sidenote: that would be way, way, way down the road. It scares me to think that if I was the 1% people would view me as corrupt or greedy. I live in a country that teaches you from a very young age to do what you love and get great at it. If that service or product produces for you so much wealth that you become the 1%- well Merry Christmas!
I think that scratching at exterior society issues are going to do nothing more than ruin your nails. What’s done is done. Corrupt people aren’t going to be cured because a bunch of tree hugging, bean stocks from Brooklyn want to roast marshmallows and smoke pot on Wall Street. Change is internal. And it starts with each one of us. Rather than focusing on the external problems of our society lets think more about teaching our young ones how to live a more integrated life of spirit and moral strength. I admire folks that stand up for something that they believe in and I’m not suggesting that whatever greater good OWS has to offer the world it will not be had. What I am suggesting is that rather than spending all that time blowing horns and shouting at guys in suits drinking champagne in the sky, go home, sit by yourself and focus on your breathing.