Sunday, October 23, 2011

OWS: what's the worst that could happen?

A lot of people keep saying to me, what's the point of the Occupy Wall Street movement. What will it really accomplish? So I thought, what's the worst that could happen?
Lets say in a few weeks, or a few months, everyone gets bored or tired or simply cold and goes home. What will have been accomplished?
Well at the very least several thousand people, most of them young, will have had the life changing experience of getting involved. They will have had the experience of devoting their time and energy to something outside of their social life, their work life, their computers. They will have had the experience of volunteering to try and make a difference in the world. And no matter what happens with OWS their lives and their attitudes will have been changed. When they look back on this time what will stand out won't be the cold and the dirt and the bad food. What they will remember will be the thrill of working together with other people for something bigger than themselves.
In a year, or five, or ten, someone will come to them to ask them to 'help out'. And whether its to take on a pro bono case, or volunteer a few hours at a food bank or help out with an elementary school fundraiser, I bet they say yes.

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