I tell them, “That voice is on the tip of your tongue. It’s perched on your lips. Let it fly.” And they tell me, “I can’t. My boss … my customers … my board members … my investors … my father-in-law.”
Plumas County does not realize how well-thought (my description of a progressive) the majority of people here are.
The progressive orientation uses science and evidence based planning for long-term solutions and improvements for the good of people and the planet.
This sound thinking makes for good leadership, which is why many of our best leaders, yes, locally, can be described as progressive, and they may not even know it.
Now, with Occupy Wall Street happening (if you have not heard of Occupy Wall Street, go to occupywallst.org/about/), some of the social tension is released into creative, personal and community action. Occupy Wall Street is not only a peaceful movement, it is fertile ground for evolving new social structures for communicating, consensus building, organizing and responding.
People are gathering, city by city, and learning how to best occupy their community, given their local environment, issues and resources. This is a sociologist’s dream moment.
This desire to do something to support each other is prevalent.
And it is not just about America.
Caring for your neighbor correlates to caring about people everywhere, and thus people from across the planet have signed onto the Occupy Wall Street movement.
As of Oct. 7, 887 cities worldwide had committed to occupying their city.
What is Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Sacramento or Occupy Chicago?
Is it a spotlight on money’s grip on legislation?
Is it about the extremes of wealth and poverty, and the heavy hand of corporate interest upon political party elections?
Well, that would be enough, but it is much more.
These occupations, in my view, are a correction in the orientation of economics back to the purpose of an economy: people living productive, meaningful lives.
People are afraid, yes, of losing their jobs, but even more, we are afraid of losing democracy, the freedom of movement, the right to speak, gather and be who we are, diversely and with integrity.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has opened the megaphones of personal voices. Not a single voice but a multitude of distinct voices with distinct messages.
The progressive voices show themselves to be complex, non-conforming and flexibly inclusive.
Media doesn’t like messages they can’t sound bite.
But the truth is, the message is complex because the world is complex. Simple oaths and rigid ideology will not get us alive into the 22nd century.
Our world is now irreversibly global and dangerously overpopulated.
A viable society in these circumstances will be complex and dynamic.
It will not be one-size-fits-all nor will facts hold still for very long.
Scientific discovery is not slowing down, nor is innovation.
The future, no, let me correct that, the present is a world that survives because there are lots of ways to be, lots of solutions to continually changing needs, lots of discussions by well-thought minds, lots of information shared openly and lots of respect for everyone.
Occupy Wall Street is bigger than the 24/7 presence of people in the streets of New York.
The voicing, there, of the grief and rage in people everywhere at having been betrayed by our governments and ignored or misrepresented by the press is just the surface.
This is deep. This is thousands of years old.
But that’s just my perspective.
The progressive voice is as many as the stars in our rural sky on a dark night — countless, and full of meaning, full of truth.
Where, then, is the progressive voice?
Well, people, it’s in all of us. And the many of us make up a great we, as in “we the people.” That’s the power of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Together, individually, inclusively, multitudinally and expansively, we are democracy, much more than any government will ever define a well-thought people.
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