Today, I went to Occupy Boston (this doesn't necessarily mean I live anywhere nearby).
It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen in my life.
This is the first thing I saw when I got there.
This is Gandhi. Sign reads- The world holds enough for everyone's NEED but not enough for everyone's GREED. He said it. The statue was donated to Occupy Boston by the Peace Abbey in Sherborn.
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BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
The tents. The protesters have moved their whole lives to these tents. People are so, so committed to these ideas that they live in these tents. There are so many tents there. There are tents that are really just tarps. There are tents that are usually used for camping... but in a forest. There are so many of them, and there's no room to walk between them.
This sign illustrates so many of the beliefs that people at Occupy Boston have.
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This is the wall. People put these amazing things on it, and... this wall illustrates basically all the beliefs of the people at Occupy Boston.
Occupy Boston Dewey Square
So many people support these people... including Occupy London. This isn't just about America anymore. This is the whole world.
The sign outside the sign-making tent. There's a clothing tent, a food tent, a sacred tent...
I thought this was pretty amazing. This person wrote all over their tent... wrote the things that most people write on the signs.
So many tents...
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I'm not exactly sure what this means. But it's really, really awesome.
Apparently, people are planning to build an oil pipeline straight through Nebraska. This isn't good, says this person.
BUILD BRIDGES NOT WALLS. This really got me. This is so, so true... Build bridges not walls. That's amazing.
This is the world we all have to share. If everyone hates everyone else, what kind of world is it going to be? Not an ideal one.
This phrase is one that probably one that keeps so, so many people going daily. The people here, at Occupy Boston, and people everywhere. This phrase probably reminds so, so many people that there is always hope.
TO KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND NOT TO DO IT IS THE WORST OF COWARDICE.
BEHIND EVERY GREAT FORTUNE IS A CRIME!
Which is just sad. And evil.
I saw a man asking some people how to spell the word thoughts. Write your thoughts: his sign read. He told me that his sign was different. He told me that most people write their own signs. But, he said. My sign is your sign. It was brilliant. Another man came up to him, and they just began exchanging thoughts. Another man picked up the Sharpie and started to write on the sign.
I walked through Dewey Square, and I felt to desperation of it all. I felt what they feel. We need change. We need change or everything is going to collapse.
But I felt the peace, too. The statue of Gandhi means something. Every word written there means something.
These people aren't hurting anyone. These people have ideas. These people know how to make the world a better place.
I was so, so moved. I was so, so touched.
I thought, how can people see this and ignore it?
Maybe the problem is that they don't. Maybe they read about it, see pictures of it, but maybe they don't see it. They don't see the overwhelming hope. And maybe it's not about seeing. Maybe it's about feeling. They don't feel what these people feel. They don't feel that the world can be changed... for the better.
How can people see this and ignore it?
So, people. People occupying somewhere nearby? Go see it. See what they stand for. Walk through their camp. Walk through their thoughts. Walk through their life. See their ideas on paper, on cardboard, on walls. See their ideas come to life.