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Forum Post: We must raise our game

Posted 4 months ago on June 16, 2014, 5:48 p.m. EST by mindatrisk (2)
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We have a serious problem. Every time we 'take action' without achievement we sew seeds of disillusionment amongst ourselves and into the wider public. We defeat ourselves and our movement by attempting to fight the Nazis with water guns, by attempting to stave off the ferocious bear with tickles. Quite simply, our efforts are disproportional to the threat.

Government does not care if we protest. Our petitions, strikes, marches, occupations are ignored and dismissed and self-defeating, and, as such, serving the enemy. Every time we rally the people and grab their attention and raise their spirits only for nothing to change and all efforts to fall away we make ourselves more redundant. Next time we attempt to rally we hear 'why? what's the point? nothing changes' etc. etc.

Why would it? The Nazis aren't going to stop because their uniforms have a wet patch on them. The man-eating bear isn't going to turn back because you've pulled out a feather duster. We need to recognise the severity and urgency of our situation and then devise and develop appropriate responses. We cannot continue to decry the system whilst bathing in it.

Non-compliance, non-violent resistance, civil disobedience is what is called for. That requires courage. It's easy to waver a banner, it's even easier to plonk yourself down in a park, but it's not so easy to pull the plug from your own brain, but pulling the plug is exactly what is required. Sabotaging our own place within this system is the only means of being truly free and, as such, able to fight the system... no attachments, no dependencies, no wants, no needs, just our raw truth standing tall in defiance and for the good of all. Courage.

We have a long way to go. We need to get real. Our vision - what vision? The aims of Occupy are pitiful... embarrassing, futile, silly. We are asking THEM to play a little nicer, be a little less mean, not hurt us so much, please, pretty please. It's embarrassing. Even in our supposed stand we are nothing but obedient. 'Please wallpaper the walls of my cell, it would be ever so kind of you'. Embarrassing.

We all need to look deep within ourselves and ask how much we mean it. We can measure that by what we are willing to give up. What are you willing to sacrifice for the good of the all? How much can you give? Are you going to give it? It's time to raise our game. It's time to get creative, to think big, to inspire, to connect with peoples hearts, to share a vision that unites all of humanity. And for once we need to back it up with meaningful action... action that achieves. Nothing less will do now. Nothing less can be accepted from ourselves.

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[-] 4 points by LeoYo (5878) 4 months ago

A Democracy (Is The Solution)

http://occupywallst.org/forum/a-democracy/

[-] 1 points by mindatrisk (2) 4 months ago

This may be true, but the point of my message is that we need to take action that achieves. Offering a solution without sharing the means or taking the lead is meaningless - it's just another voice, another idea lost in the buzz and chatter. You want this democracy, how do we achieve it?

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5878) 4 months ago

In what ways was the proposal of a National Democratic Congress unclear in how to achieve it?

[-] 2 points by StillModestCapitalist (420) 4 months ago

There is a very simple way to demonstrate the non-compliance and civil disobedience you call for. I drove myself half crazy from 2006-2012 trying to make people understand. Those efforts included well over 20,000 online entries and well over 600 calls to talk radio plus another few dozen in 2013. As far as I can tell, aside from helping to put the 1% issue on the map, those efforts were a complete waste of time. For the vast overwhelming majority of Americans, I'm typing AT LEAST 90% have always been and will always be pathetic consumer junkie morons. They continue to buy all of the over-priced products and services that make the rich richer, concentrate obscene levels of wealth, and put incredible power and influence in the hands of the rich and their corporate golden geese.

As far as I can tell, nothing, I mean NOTHING will get through to the idiot masses except for years and years of pain, misery, suffering, and death. I don't look forward to the Global Depression. It scares the hell out of me. But nothing short of that or World War III has any chance whatsoever of breaking this widespread consumer junkie MORON mentality that has come to define America.

Now for yet another wasted effort:

Please, everyone, for the good of society, STOP GIVING SO MUCH OF YOUR MONEY TO RICH PEOPLE.

[-] 1 points by mindatrisk (2) 4 months ago

I don't think our main objective need be to get through to the 90%. What we need is those who are aware to be united under a common and agreed vision and action. This is why it is so important to have a grand, unifying vision. Having small aims and modest ambitions is divisive (because not everyone will agree) and it is uninspiring. We need to set ourselves a lofty goal, and then take the necessary action(s) to achieve it.