Beyond Occupy

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It’s completely understandable why Occupy formed in the first place. There’s a valid disgruntlement with this system of politics, greed, injustice, corruption and waste. Since there’s no effective way to appeal to the powers that be to change things, we took to the streets. I was there too.

We saw how the Arab Spring had won some measure of seeming victory for a few countries, but they basically installed one dysfunctional system on top of another. They only got that far by standing their ground, losing lives and withstanding military assaults. Occupy never stood its ground to that level, and if it did, it would still do nothing to change this system. Those who own this system will not allow it to change significantly.
Protests don’t work. “Getting the word out” doesn’t work. The media is very good at convincing the general public that Occupy is something far different than what it is.

We can try to pass more laws, but laws will be broken. We can try to hold people accountable, but at worst, they will be fined an amount that is a pittance compared to their wealth. We can try to form watchdog groups, make documentaries, hold rallies, and all manner of things, and perhaps it’ll do some small good here or there, but such things will never address the core issue: this system is flawed by design.

It is built to be lopsided. It is built to favor a few while the many suffer. It is built to be unequal. It is built to be unsustainable.

What do we do in the face of all this? We do something else. We build a better system. We don’t ask for permission. We start building sustainable systems and designing better ways to do various things and simply start implementing them wherever we can. Wean ourselves gradually off this system.

There is no quick fix. We will not complete it in our lifetime. All we can do is start planting the seeds of a new system today. It will very likely take several generations before we have another system that is fully sustainable and separate from the current system.

If we don’t take it upon ourselves to make these changes, they simply won’t happen. It’s time to plant the seeds.

© 2015 William Suphan

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