i am typically cautious of the bandwagon. true story. it took me six weeks to read the harry potter series…ten years and six weeks. and this was the closest i got to blogging about it.
but if you are patient and lend me a hand when i am ready, i will eventually hop on. truth be told, the occupy wall street phenomenon has been no different. what began as cursory observations of a single event has since grown to deeper considerations of my engagement in this crazy thing sometimes deemed ‘faith in public life.’
a few weeks ago when the news first broke of a group of occupiers in zuccotti park, i said to myself, “cool. disenfranchised, liberal-arts-educated, white hippie kids have decided to make a statement about something vague. keep me posted.” (i wasn’t kidding about that cursory part.) but then i had a chance to visit nyc a couple weeks later and stop by liberty square on the same day as an ecumenical service and public demonstration put on by nyc faith leaders.
so much for those initial thoughts. of course you will find the aforementioned DLAEWHP crew (hopefully not sporting that acronym on buttons, though), but you will also find people who fit different tax brackets. messy? on the contrary. unorganized? hardly. in the hour that i spent in zuccotti park i watched people systematically work through recycling, compost collection, and food distribution. non-violent? absolutely.
there is nothing unique in these reflections. well, depending on what you read this is nothing new. in the day that i posted on fb an open letter from jim wallis to the occupiers, i came across three opinions, opinions of a divergent sort:
- ‘be grateful’-minded pictures across the blogosphere
- a fb status along the lines of “don’t support corporations. quit complaining of our democracy. but please take a shower.”
- a family friend’s response to jim’s article, asking about the goals of the movement.