At the last minute I decided to fly out to NY to see what the Occupy movement was about.
Here I saw a myriad of realities and agendas tied into one. Some people meditating near a tree altar. Others working on their laptops. Internal meetings at nearby coffee shops.
The general vibe inside the Park felt peaceful.
Occupy is a microcosm within a macrocosm. It has everything within our current system. A library, a legal department, even sales with “99%” paraphernalia. Here, within a few block radius, I witnessed love, anger, generosity, hypocrisy and politics – a surprisingly wide spectrum of personalities and agendas.
What I appreciated most about Occupy is the community they’ve created, one that includes free food, resources and self-created energy. It’s an inspiration for what is possible.
I love that people are speaking up for equality. We are aware of injustices happening, but how OWS chooses to deal with these injustices will show what this movement is really about. Some protesters have chosen violent acts, while others have chosen peaceful ways.
Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see.” Can we change a divided system with divisive behavior?
Is it possible to have true freedom and power at the expense of another? What if we weren’t the 1% vs. the 99%, but a 100% movement for the whole?
Are we willing to understand the other and move past our judgments? Are we willing to heal the divide within ourselves?
I like to think of what MLK might say if he were alive today: “I have a dream today .. that all of God’s children, the 99% and the 1%, black & white, gay & straight, political & non-political, spiritual & non-spiritual, will be able to join hands and sing, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”