Occupation is opportunity for InterventionSubmitted by Road Runner on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 12:02
One day I pondered the hypocrisy of authority figures labelling unruly children with labels (ADD, ODD, CD, etc.) and even punishments (drugs, suspensions, confinement).
Think about it. Children/adults act out for many reasons. One of which is in response to troubles at home, troubles at school, etc. They don't know how to properly express themselves so they become unruly to get attention.
Instead of teachers/parents reaching out to the children to see what actually is wrong, they label and punish the child...and make the child feel as if they did something wrong.
This occurs in the work place too. Even if you are right, buck the system enough and you'll get booted.
Yeah, life is not fair...I've developed thick skin and all. But the hypocrisy comes in when you judge the authority figures. Often, *they* are the ones with the problems. I'm sure you could put a psychological term on those problems.
The point is: they are more sick than we are...yet, like an abusing parent, they make US feel like we are the problem.
When the OWS screams for corporate/government justice, the corporate/government-ran media says the OWS is the problem.
HOWEVER, when parents/teachers/etc. aren't abusing children, they are quite benevolent and loving.
When children become adults, instead of cursing at another adult, they perform interventions.
That's what the occupation should turn into...a massive intervention for the corporate/government authorities...who actually do provide lots of freedoms and security.
In intervention settings, the person is praised with love, yet the person's bad behavior is singled out. In that way, the person saves face and deservedly so. The chances of success via an intervention is MUCH higher than just judgement without appropriate gratitude toward who the person is.
That gratitude toward government and corporations is what is missing from the occupation. And yes, despite all the evil being done, there is a LOT to be grateful for. If anything, state that you love the free market and aren't attacking capitalism in theory...only immature and immoral behavior...cuz that is what you should be confronting.
I guarantee that there are tons of people working in government and corporate environments that would MUCH rather act in more mature and more moral manner. Right now, they only know that if you rock the boat too hard, they get put out of their butts.
I'm in business school and although they try to teach ethics, the ones of us that work in the "real world" know that you are required to leave much of your morality at home.
It is the basic fabric of morality that mush be restored. Executives will get away with what society lets them get away with. Restore that morality and you achieve a lot.
Yes, restore...our morality used to be better in some ways due to religion. We need to replace religious morality with secular morality.
And for that we need to put society in an intervention. The occupation offers us a platform from which to do this.
Can you get past your anger at the elites to love them enough to give them an effective intervention. Cuz, right now, all you are doing is making them more defensive.
Break on through to the other side...from occupation to intervention.