Pre-OCCUPIED

So much going on with the Occupy movement… I’m afraid all I can manage is a a few quick bytes:

What kind of pie?  OCCUPY!

It has just the right amount of absurd, silly nonsensical-ness to it that it suits this movement well.  In trying to explain why I thought this movement is so important, I realized that Occupy is a bit like the “uncarved block” from Zen teaching.  We don’t know what we’re doing, and we’re okay with it.  More importantly, it is only from this state of “beginner’s mind” that we can ever hope to learn and discover something truly new about how to live in this society.  Or as the Na’vi say:

Lu ngäzìk fwa teya sivi tsngalur a lu li teya.
It is hard to fill a cup which is already full.

Keith Olberman had an important point in his overblown rant about Bloomberg.  With the crackdowns and police brutality in NYC, Oakland, Seattle, Berkeley, and elsewhere, I’m reminded of what Gandhi (purportedly) said:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Not that we’ll win tomorrow, but clearly we’re getting closer.

2 responses to “Pre-OCCUPIED

  1. Don’t know whether you read my own entry about the occupations (forgive the shameless self-promotion), but I do have a theory about the “uncarved block” there: http://kitchenmudge.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/new-blood/

    It’s simply to say “Make us happy” without getting into all the pettifogging that policy recommendations would naturally lead to.

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