And, on the eighth day the Earth shook, the heavens parted, and mankind was split into two warring political factions: Us…and, them (the 99% vs. the 1%).
Humanity is under attack. The enemy is misinformation. The attack is brief, but consistent. The preferred method of delivery is through intermittent blasts of twisted propaganda; the battleground is the human psyche; the weapon of choice, the media. A movement so profound cannot (and should not) be reduced to thirty second intervals. This sound bite mentality does not inspire thought; it only serves to polarize and excite. The collateral damage of these unfettered attacks is chipping away at the ideas, debate, and discussion borne of the Occupy movement.
Occupy is what happens when people decide enough is enough. It is an act of extremism born of frustration. Extremism is not a foreign concept. As a matter of fact, America has made going to extremes its national identity. It could easily be stated that our founding fathers were extremists- liberty seeking extremists who turned the simple question: “What if?” into a national motto. Yet, the Occupy movement takes the ‘what if’ question a step further, asking ‘why’… and demands an answer.
The Occupy movement is the catalyst for discourse underscoring the egregious disparities between the laboring 99% and the ruling 1%. Productive discourse, tempered with reason, gives birth to ideas; ideas give birth to dreams; and dreams that come to fruition through determination and perseverance, challenge and inspire others.
The proliferation of merit less ideas or arguments for the sake of personal gain, ratings, and/or profit pollutes the Occupy message. The conversation began with the Occupy movement. The American Dream is under attack. But, if the proverbial American Dream is to be realized by 100% of the people, credence must be given to the concerned voices of the 99%. Don’t let the dream die…Occupy EVERYWHERE.
Annie Walker-Leonard (@JCDP18)