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Watched this film Friday night with some my fellow Occupy Portlanders. The film says it all and hopefully will correct some misimpressions or distortions regarding the beginnings of the movement and the real spirit of it.

It lives on. We are just getting started.

SOME NOTES ON THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FILM I'VE WRITTEN DOWN 3 DAYS LATER:

- Occupy Wall Street (and the other camps) were 'show-and-tell' demonstrations of micro-democracy in which the homeless were sheltered, respected and fed, and in which resources were shared, conserved and recycled. Parks and public spaces belong to the people and are the appropriate places for such demonstrations.

- Occupy uses a horizontal dynamic (not hierarchy). Go to someone who knows. There is no one 'in charge.' We are all leaders when we take initiative to work cooperatively with others.

- Empathy guides power. Conflict is resolved through communication and mediation, not power plays. The golden rule.

- More for you means more for me when love is at work.

- Human nature is evolving and we are choosing which way it goes consciously, as well as experiencing the effects of our environment.

- We have a limited time in which to Love the Earth, to fall in love with life again, to limit loss of many species and to change how we live on the planet.

As you watch the film you will probably notice things I've left out. The film footage of the starlings is something that brings together the whole feeling of it all.

Mon Aug 19, 2013 at  3:43 PM PT: http://occupylove.org/ is the official website for the film and is promoting screenings in which no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Downloads are available for $10 with some discount for those who cannot afford this. http://occupylove.org/...

Mon Aug 19, 2013 at  3:57 PM PT: Occupy Love was initially funded through 2 separate crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter in Dec 2010 and  on Indiegogo in Feb 2012

- See more at: http://occupylove.org/...

Mon Aug 19, 2013 at  4:14 PM PT: http://www.youtube.com/...

"What happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites - polar opposites - so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love.

It was this misinterpretation that caused Nietzsche, who was a philosopher of the will to power, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject the Nietzschean philosophy of the will to power in the name of the Christian idea of love.

Now, we've got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."


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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    People are always more valuable than properties.

    by Kannon McAfee on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 02:34:39 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting this (0+ / 0-)

    If you could give a bit more information, you might get more recs. This is worth getting some more eyes on it.

    You could update with the link:

    http://occupylove.org/...

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 09:08:14 AM PDT

  •  I BIT (1+ / 0-)
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    ZhenRen

        I'm 62. A hippie. I am an occupier for the rest of my life. "An idea whose time has come."
        I'm going to do the good & the bad.
        Teh good: We accepted the heart love construct along with in the 60's. You'll find being a bar of metaphysical soap wears thin or more likely you'll get eaten alive. Fool me once… A big vat of Kool Aid, no thanks.
        The bad: Is this a co-opt commercial for I heart radio, aka Clear Channel aka Bain aka aka aka sickening?
        I could shake a stick with an idea, at the sooo many co-opts to the CONSTRUCT of Occupy.
        One of the last "councils" of the now defunct, OLA here in LA, the rev of the accept all beliefs in their Christian church, many times at the mic with ALL the problems and ALL the solutions, dive right in, was there amongst the 20 or less that showed up. I thought, "Well that was a fast deja vu."
        From one of the best who we lost, "WE are unstoppable another world is possible."
        YOU can try and replace "AN idea…. " with "teh idea" teh many many co-opts.

    March AGAINST monsatanOagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 09:15:08 AM PDT

    •  So... (0+ / 0-)
      The bad: Is this a co-opt commercial for I heart radio, aka Clear Channel aka Bain aka aka aka sickening?
          I could shake a stick with an idea, at the sooo many co-opts to the CONSTRUCT of Occupy.
      Is this about the film? I haven't seen it.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 09:28:34 AM PDT

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    •  the good & the bad... (0+ / 0-)

      The good:
      The very reason that there was and is such dissension among groups for change and failures into the 'more radical' direction is a lack of understanding that the means IS the ends. Love is Power. Modeling this in the process is what matters. I'm 43, not naive. I don't share your apparent cynicism regarding Love in the context of cultural change. Indeed it is the only thing that will effect lasting change.

      The bad:
      I have no idea what you're talking about. Watch the film for yourself. It has nothing to do with any corporation or any corporate agenda.

      If there is no effective Occupy LA group, then start one up yourself by networking with the group in NY occupywallst.org/ ... Portland http://occupyportland.org/ ...

      Get a fresh update of what is now. Watch the film. Go from there.

      People are always more valuable than properties.

      by Kannon McAfee on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 03:47:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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