First contribution – Zine #4:

Occupy Unnecessary Here

Can you even imagine living in a society where the above title accompanied an article in your local newspaper? A society which, upon learning of Occupy Wall Street, felt reasonably secure in publishing such a headline in response to Occupy’s complaint of greed and social and economic inequality?

“Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man.”
–Imagine, John Lennon

How does a society even get to this point? A point at which inequality and greed are so rampant and prevalent that people feel compelled to take to the streets and complain about it publicly? You can blame particular legislative & banking laws and deregulation for expediting this greed and inequality, but that doesn’t explain why we’ve all forgotten one the earliest teachings from our mothers, “Share.” From our earliest toddler interactions with our siblings, cousins and neighborhood friends our mothers taught us to share our space, share our food and share our toys with others so that we all might enjoy being together. And as our mothers would explain, “It’s just not fair, that‘s why” for some to have more than others.

How can there be no shame in a society which rewards greed and only a modicum of sharing? Are we not ashamed of ignoring our mothers earliest teachings about life? How very sad for us that Occupy ever had to happen and the movements main issues had to be spoken aloud. If life is a journey, wouldn’t it be more enjoyable if we reach the end together and can tell stories of our shared & marvelous adventures along the way? Or will we have to listen  to a mere few describe their lavish & exotic experiences while many will only have tales of hardship and misery to relate?

I can do better. I’m pretty sure our government and our corporate CEO’s can do better in calling to mind our mothers earliest teaching.

In 1883, Black Elk, a Holy Man of the Lakota people, was despondent over the demise of his tribe from the overwhelming flood of Europeans into Lakota territory. Black Elk accepted an offer to travel to Europe primarily in hopes he might  “…learn some secret  of  the Wasichu that would help my people somehow.”
(Wasichu being a term used to designate the white man, but having no reference to the color of skin).

“I did not see anything to help my people. I could see that the Wasichu’s did not care for each other the way our people did before the nations hoop was broken. They would take everything from each other if they could, and so there were some who had more of everything than they could use, while crowds of people had nothing at all and maybe were starving. They had forgotten that the earth was their mother.”
–Black Elk Speaks, as told to John G. Neihardt

Submitted by Bob