tr.v. oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing, oc·cu·pies
1. To fill up (time or space): a lecture that occupied three hours.
2. To dwell or reside in.
3. To hold or fill (an office or position).
4. To seize possession of and maintain control over by or as if by conquest.
5. To engage or employ the attention or concentration of: occupied the children with coloring books.
Here is my Occupation:
“To engage or employ the attention or concentration of” others
I will Occupy –
I will Occupy my mind with peaceful, caring thoughts.
I will Occupy my body with healthy food and use it wisely.
I will Occupy my heart with LOVE.
I will Occupy my words with love.
I will dedicate my actions to creating a more sustainable world where I rely less on the capitalist society I live in and more on the Earth I come from.
I will Occupy everyday, in every way to re-mind others to do the same.
So… with all this Occupation happening – Occupy Wall Street, Occupy London, Occupy Together… the list goes on… my personal opinion (and I must emphasise it is my PERSONAL opinion).
How is this all going to change things? By living in a tent and relying on other people to provide food so that you can get the message out there – how is it changing things?I appreciate that people are fed up – I am too. I do not want to live in a capitalist world where we are constantly bombarded by advertisers and products to solve all our problems and end your suffering, cos lets face it – that’s BS! The only thing that will improve your life is you.
And so – here it is. I was very keen to join the Occupy Durban City Hall
movement on Saturday, until I spent time thinking it through. If I go, I carry a banner, I meet some awesome people and probably have some great conversations – but will it change things? If I rather spend more time establishing what is important – compassion, helping others, keeping fit and healthy, creating opportunities for a more sustainable way of living (not just for myself) – will this not make more of an impact in my community? Will this not be an example for others and “engage or employ the attention or concentration of” others to lead more sustainable lives.
A few interesting articles on the occupations and some videos too.
I admire the peaceful stance that has been a grounding factor across the board. I think that if all protests (especially those in SA) could be held peacefully – people might take more notice about the actual reasons behind the protests as opposed to the damaging effects they have on communities.
My opinion may be totally niave and pie in the sky. Maybe you think I am just a whiss or a middle-class white person with nothing better to do (as said in this article: Occupy arrives at JSE
. ) Whatever you think or feel, know that I wish for justice, I wish for leaders who lead, I wish for a society who cares for their children, old people and sick, but most of all I wish for peace.