What does the Occupy Movement mean to you?

I view the Occupy Movement as a physical manifestation of the inner frustrations of the common people of the world. I believe that many of the protesters really could not say specifically what they want because they do not know how to repair the current social mindsets that contributes to narcissistic greed.

The public is systematically losing civil rights in the name of preventing terrorism, winning the war on drugs, and keeping us all safe. But are we really any safer? There are still terrorists, drugs crossing our borders, and plenty of criminals walking the streets. I’m not sure anyone knows who exactly is in charge – certainly  not the government who cannot seem to make a major decision because egad it’s an election year.

Our garages are full of treasures we do not use, we have banished our elder generations to homes, and our children are afraid for their future. We will run out of social security, the rich are getting richer, the poor poorer but we will all be OK because the change of the school lunches will keep our children from obesity…

In response to Weekly Writing Challenge http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/weekly-writing-challenge-mind-the-gap-ows/

Great posts:

Lessons in Seeking Change – A Look Back at the Occupy Movement

On How A Repulican Can Support ‘Occupy Wall Street’ – Sort Of

From Australia – Where has the Occupy Movement come?

 

Occupy Wall Street: Isn’t it interesting – Cloud and Mountain

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4 Responses to “What does the Occupy Movement mean to you?”
  1. Interesting first paragraph… narcissistic greed seems to have been a part of many societies through history – maybe the best we can do is rein i in…
    Thanks for the pingback!

    • lamadu says:

      I wonder if the greed has become worse in the modern age though? While there have always been consumers and greed, I wonder if it’s gone too far now that we’ve gotten into the habit of spending money we don’t have.

  2. thinkbigmuch says:

    I think it’s a diffrent kind of greed because “things” are so easy to come by. Cheap labor, cheap materials, cheap processes have made cheap stuff available at our fingertips whenever we want it. 50 years ago, my parents had a doll or two, a handful of matchbox cars and a box of marbles – now, toys always come in “collections” and there is clout to having the whole collection. Things like the beanie baby craze are a good example.

    • lamadu says:

      Very true. For the most part, there isn’t the same “I worked hard for this” pride that people had in the past when it comes to products like beanie babies, etc. It’s consumerism run amok while ad executives play on our emotions and desires using psychological tactics. I don’t have an issue with that in itself, the problem is that society allows the media to instruct us on how we should live our lives. Television commercials tell us we NEED the next greatest product and make it all a game. The newest iPhone is a perfect example. They’ve created a consumer ‘society’ where the product is what brings us together into a cohesive group, not values. I think much of that is due to the fact that we don’t have “families” we have “groups”.

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