In a break from my usual content, I am posting some photos I took while down at Occupy Wall St. Dan Mitchell, of SF Weekly, best summarized my own feelings about the movement in his recent article “RIP Steve Jobs, an Insanely Great Capitalist.” He made some brilliant connections between the life, career, and death of Steve Jobs and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, pointing out that “In a world where few people — particularly in business — truly care about what they do, he truly cared. By thinking that way, he became Insanely Rich…. But (his) priority wasn’t to get rich — it was to achieve Insane Greatness. Getting rich was a byproduct. That’s how capitalism should work.”
In response to the mainstream media’s criticism that there is a lack of clear demands within the OWS movement, Mitchell said this: “But they do have demands….Their demands are that we stop pursuing these shallow goals and, as a society, start pursuing something more meaningful. In general, the Occupy people aren’t calling for an overthrow of the capitalist system; they’re calling for the greedheads, the famewhores and the powermongers to be stripped of their outsized influence over our culture, our government, and our economy. They’re calling on us to reshape our values. To have values. To care.”
I stand in solidarity with the OWS movement. I stand with the visible, outspoken protesters as well as the vulnerable, silenced, too busy, too tired, too-fed-up to fight that are quietly demanding change simply by living their lives. I stand in solidarity with my intelligent, motivated, talented friends who have $80,000 in student loan debt, masters’ degrees, and a $10/hour wage at a job they could’ve gotten in high school. Let us not be the (next) lost generation, but the (next) revolutionary generation. Let us be a proud generation. I also stand in solidarity with friends and family in the 1% because of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit, who despite this, (or perhaps because of it) are also demanding change. The fact is our system is broken, and the only way to fix it is to tear it down, piece by piece, and rebuild. Mitchell ends with this Steve Jobs-inspired sentiment: “We’re all going to die, so…let’s try to create something great, or to care as deeply as we possibly can about what we do. It might be the only thing that can save us.”
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