To Occupy Wallstreet: "Change Yourselves!"
Well, their heart is in the right place.
Jon Cavanagh wrote an article for YES! Magazine, telling his personal involvement in 1979's version of Occupy Wall Street. He also explains a long history of 'good people', 'coming together', and 'fighting back'. He applauds these protests and demonstrations, and he does this because he can feel what many of us can feel about these movements:
Their hearts are in the right place.
They really are, and that's fantastic. We need that. I love it.
At the same time, I'm going to point out that while their hearts are in the right place, just about everything else could be much better placed.
The very thing Cavanagh is applauding, to me is not a powerful recipe for mediocrity. Sure, protests have their place, and I'm not saying they shouldn't exist, but I am saying there are far more powerful solutions available.
When 'good people' are only creative enough to use 'fighting back' as a solution, their efforts are misplaced.
When the energy of the day is directed towards protest and resistance, instead of understanding and smooth win-win solution-seeking, it is misplaced.
When people who want to better for themselves in life, are condemning someone who has done well for themselves in life, their efforts are misplaced.
So what's a more powerful solution?
One more powerful solution involves each protester understanding their own personal value.
Human beings start businesses, human beings inspire each other, human beings team up and create great things. (Or they team up and sit around protesting.)
Human beings, every single one of them, has massive potential. Not a single one is a write off. No one is less valuable. People may choose not to use their gifts and they may choose to poorly invest their time and energy, but not one person is lacking a wealth of of value inside them that is waiting to come out and be rewarded by others.
Sean Stephenson, 50 cent, and Nick Vujicic were looked at by many as 'weak' or 'not valuable' early in their lives, but they believed in themselves, spent their time getting clear on their value, and offered it to the world well. They now uplift communities everywhere.Continued on the next page