posted on Nov, 3 2011 @ 09:58 AM
There has been an obnoxious amount of complaining going on about the occupy movement recently, so I decided to start this thread rather than express
my response to these complaints in every one of those threads individually.
Trying to undermine the occupy movement is pointless, especially via ATS. It must be pretty obvious by now that this movement is not going away.
Why? Because there are things that need to be settled, and until those things are settled, there will be no business as usual. For many people,
surviving everyday life is barely even feasible, much less the possibility of flourishing. Whether you agree that the American Dream is dead or not,
many people think it is, and that's enough to get them in the streets for weeks on end.
It's clear that things are going to have to change one way or another, and the occupy movement is essentially deciding what those changes will be.
Maybe it will result in a police state or a democracy, or maybe it result in something entirely new that we have not witnessed on Earth before.
Obviously not everyone agrees about what this new thing should look like, and therein lies the problem.
If you don't like the way people are acting in the Occupy movement, and you decide to just "withdraw" from it, you are actively deciding to become
a sheople. If you want your voice to count, you have to participate. Plain and simple. If you don't like what occupiers are saying, then you have
even more reason to go to an occupation. Why? Because an integral part of democracy is dissent. Occupiers are dissenting against the government,
thereby participating in democracy. If you think their views are wrong, then it is in your own interest to speak up and show them why they are wrong.
Everyone in this country has a vested interest in what happens at these rallies because they will decide the future of the country. If occupiers get
what they want, and it's the opposite of what you want, guess where that leaves you? Assed out. And you will have absolutely no one to blame but
yourself. Of course we would probably see an exponential increase in threads of people whining about how they got screwed over by occupiers, but
there will be no tears shed for those people because they made their own choices. If you crap in your own bed, then you have to lay in it.
Change does not happen on ATS, and it obviously doesn't happen in the polls or the voting booth. Change happens face-to-face with other people, and
that's what the occupy movement is facilitating. If you choose not to interact, you are choosing to be subordinate to the winner, whether that is
the government or the occupiers.
Since many of these complaint threads see things in only black and white, I will lay out the choices for occupy-haters in those same terms. Either go
to an occupy movement and actively educate people, or sit at your computer and idly complain. If you choose to just complain, then don't be
surprised when the "evil socialists" take over. It really is that simple.