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Consensus reality is a double-edged sword. We can use it at #OccupyWallStreet to convince ourselves that "they" have screwed "us" and that "they" need to fix the world for us. And there is some truth to that reality - but only a half truth at best. So what is the other side of the equation? Let us be honest with ourselves.

Consensus reality is a double-edged sword. We can use it at #OccupyWallStreet to convince ourselves that "they" have screwed "us" and that "they" need to fix the world for us. And there is some truth to that reality - but only a half truth at best. So what is the other side of the equation? Let us be honest with ourselves. We can also use consensus reality to begin to create a whole new world. We can, if we so choose, collectively set our intention, visualize the world we wan to live in, and then go about creating it. One does not negate the other. Let's go after the masters of the crooked old systems and take them down. But let us also, simultaneously, begin the work of focusing not just on what we don't want, but on what we do want. Use this moment, right now, as a crossroads in your life and begin to create a better world. Peace :)

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.Facebook.com/EricAllenBell

    by EricAllenBell on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 07:00:27 AM PDT

  •  I don't think most protesters expect (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Margd, ubertar

    Wall Street and politicians to fix what they broke. The protesters ARE blaming them.

    But, I think the 99% mostly believe that we have to take control and fix things ourselves. To do that, we need to grow first—and the widespread disgust at the oligarchy's abuse of power and wealth is the engine of that growth.

    When a government violates the unalienable rights of the people, it loses its legitimacy.

    by Rayk on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 07:05:39 AM PDT

    •  Grow 2nd. Realize What Happened First. (0+ / 0-)

      It's a very daunting problem for the average reasonable person to know much of anything relevant and accurate about the country or our history these past 40 years. We're seeing in the unions and Occupy the very, very earliest glimmerings of recognition.

      Everybody knows that things suck, but at at this point so little is commonly understood about how and why, that consensus solutions right now will give us at best a 3rd way slower conservative decline.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 07:24:33 AM PDT

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      •  Disagree (1+ / 0-)
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        I've been closely following the OWS movement and my sense is that they definitely get the how and why. I do agree that given the extent of corruption it's difficult to filter through the BS, so I was surprised that OWS seemed to have managed to do precisely that. And now they're educating the rest of America.

        "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
        Platform of the "New" Neoliberal Democratic Party
        Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

        by Sanctimonious on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 08:50:33 AM PDT

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  •  What an ignorant waste of time this diary was. (0+ / 0-)

    Wow.

    "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 07:59:12 AM PDT

  •  The Bush Administration thought (2+ / 0-)
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    they "created their own reality". Look how far that got them.
    While it's true that our interaction with reality is mediated by sensory perception, and our brains interpret the ones and zeroes of neurons firing (or not firing) to create an experience of a world, that doesn't mean that the world we experience doesn't correspond to something objectively real. While we can't prove the objective existence of a world, we can intersubjectively verify things-- this is where the scientific method comes into play. If you dismiss the possibility of intersubjectively verifying knowledge, then there's no point in writing or discussing ideas at all-- you're stuck in solipsism.
    What gives you the idea that the protesters think that "they" should fix the world for them? By protesting, aren't they taking the initiative to do something about it?

    collectively set our intention, visualize the world we wan to live in, and then go about creating it
    It seems to me this is exactly what the protestors are doing. More power to them.

    "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

    by ubertar on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 08:01:57 AM PDT

  •  Two things (1+ / 0-)
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    First, there's no need to repeat your above-the-fold text again below the fold.  It's annoying to read the same thing twice, and try and search to find where you left off.  Bad writing style.

    Second, there really is an "us" and a "them."  It's pure folly to pretend otherwise.  I'd say it's a sign of being divorced from reality to premise your arguments from that POV.

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 12:13:05 PM PDT

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