The londoner and the new yorker have found a common playground, but from opposites sides of the pond things do look and feel differently.
For quite a long time, we have taken pride and awe on globalization and its potential to blur country and continental borders. The idea of uniting all humanity under a single behavior pattern has enchanted many, to the point of trying a bit too hard to achieve it.
The thought of having a single world where all human beings can live and act after the same ideals and expectations is, to say the least, delusional. Culture and history are constantly offended by those who seek to join us all under a single banner, by carrying out actions such as the recent "Occupy"demonstrations.
May I explain. Because of mankind´s necessity to feel earthed and secure, it constantly creates icons by associating behaviors, actions and mostly perceptions together and naming them mnemonically. Thus,Wall Street means Money. A little far-fetched, I would call it. But let us face it: had we not named things so extensively, we could not remember them.
Moving on: Since we live in a mostly capitalist world, all we see is green (no tree-huggers here), and when there is a problem it becomes easy to pin it on something.
Again, we need earthing.
Here is how it all happened: When people the world over began to get bitten in the ankles by their own irresponsible financial choices the only thing they all could think of (globalizedly) was money. Less money, more money, need money, want money... Wall Street. And also, since no human being can admit guilt to others about his own mistakes (again, globalizedly), we needed a scapegoat. Money = Wall Street. Someone came up with the slogan and we have Occupy Wall Street.
What is it seeking to accomplish, really? To protest against corporations´ policies and actions aimed at getting richer at the expense of the hard working people. Well, that sounds beautiful.
Someone starts the buzz and someone else hears about it elsewhere, thinks the imagery looks cool on the tube and suddenly we have Occupy London.
This all begs a question: Do these two people feel the same way about the same things? Are they protesting against the same corporations and policies? If well it is true that large companies have operations overseas, it cannot possibly be true that they are living the same reality. This is, to say the least, geographically impossible. Say, they are not even thinking in the same currency (do forgive my begin blunt)! So, if it is impossible for them to feel the same, why do they use the same banner?
Going back to the very human desire of earthing and feeling we are not alone, the londoner and the new yorker have found a common playground, but from opposites sides of the pond things do look and feel differently. And yet, even the greeks have jumped on the bandwagon, not to mention the latin americans and the europeans. Imagine! Peoples so far removed from each other who do not really comprehend their reasons to protest suddenly feel emboldened by the videos and the news, and decide that it just makes sense to protest... for something.
And it is globalization, or our obsession with it, which has led us to this. Almost overnight we got paralyzed cities all over the globe on account of feeling left out of the game. And the best theseindignados (oh yeah, the Spaniards are at it, too) could think of was take to the streets and make some noise. Wait. Rephrasing: All they could think of was attack the very system they are a part of and attempt to dismount it. And they claim democracy, willfully ignoring that democracy is the backbone of a system that, for good or bad, already works and covers them. It is that same system which contemplates opposition from within, but the indignados choose to throw stones at the same house they live in. How does that make any sense? It does not, but it is easily explained by globalization.
Simple logic: We are all humans, we are all equal, we all feel the same, we all say the same, we all have the same rights, we all can do the same thing. But is that absolutely true?
The point is not to take on the system. The point is to change the system, to adjust it to other parameters which include other options for better taking care of all citizens. There are processes for that. Surely they do not include protests and lack of changing action.
Globalization means uniting trade and commerce routes and procedures, so that it would all be easier, faster and cheaper. It never was thought to include cultural patterns or even to simplify history so much that peoples with such different backgrounds would feel they are fighting together for the same cause, which by the way is never the same from place to place. To globalize the world, commerce is needed. For commerce to function, work is needed. So that work is done, people are required. Hard working people who are able and willing to belong to the workforce and do so effectively for their own sake.
My final question: If hard working people are needed, how are the Occupy protesters an example of this? To cease working to ask for a job? But not all is lost. I recently read about a few people who are actually working to sustain the protesters, by knitting mittens and scarves for them, by preparing warm food and arranging shelter for them. So glad to see that some people are still doing their part.