I find it interesting that many people are more willing to tell me they support the Occupy movement via message, phone call, or in person than they are to say something on Facebook. Why not like the posts they tell me they support, or better yet why not post about Occupy Wall Street themselves?
When Occupy Wall Street first started I was psyched. As soon as I heard about it I just knew this was important. It’s about people standing up for others and wanting everyone to be treated fairly. What a beautiful thing! It’s time to stop unfair laws and practices. For so long now we’ve heard things here and there that are completely wrong ways of running a country, but what could we do? Now with millions of others backing us we can say what’s wrong and be heard. This is awesome! Even if we don’t have any of the problems that many do these days, now is our chance to stand up for those who can’t find jobs, were inappropriately foreclosed on, or are drowning in debt.
So why are so many people who I thought were kind and caring people acting like this isn’t even happening? I’m trying to not be judgmental about this. I’m trying to understand. I know that some people have their reasons. Some are focused on the spiritual and are addressing it from there. And that’s valid. That was me before OWS. Some work in finance or have a spouse who does and maybe that’s their reason. But some I can’t imagine why they aren’t supporting this.
I know that some mainstream media outlets are making up crazy stories about OWS, but wouldn’t a person want to verify the information before assuming it’s true? I know that I do that. If there is an OWS story that I like, but I haven’t seen it elsewhere when it would have been, I find corroboration first before I post it.
But what I’m really asking about right now is not about people who don’t support OWS, but people who do, but not in public. They don’t post articles about it, they don’t mention it in their Facebook status, the don’t tweet about it, they don’t go to Occupy locations. But they call me, message me, and tell me in person how important this is, it’s about time, what’s been going on in the country is wrong, etc.
We’re making history here people. When this is being talked about in 20 years do you want to be able to say that you were part of it? Or do you want to have to say that you looked on while everyone else changed the world?