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Occupying Creativity

December 2, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement has  traveled across the United States in such a short period of time I wonder if people are able to keep up with how many cities have occupying sites and what law enforcement is doing to control the movement. I personally find it difficult to keep up with the specifications of the movement because it has spread like a virus but even if you’re not apart of the OWS movement you can’t deny that its absolutely infectious, even if you’re a mere spectator.

What I love most about what I’m seeing in this movement is the creativity that has sprung up forth from it. Somewhere in the midst of big corporations I think America lost a little bit of its creativity. We shunned thinkers and dreamers and focused on teaching generations like mine to be workers because from hard work you can have something, anything you see! Cars, money, homes, degrees, vacations there are all dangling in front of us like ornaments on a gaudy Christmas tree (and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with those things) but these aren’t the things that define us. They aren’t the things that move us ahead in life. They are, simply, accessories TO life. And like a good designer clutch you can pair it with an amazingly designed dress or you can choose not to but either way the dress is still a dress just as life is still life.

I believe we have to get back to being thinkers, designers, dreamers, inventors, and creators because that is the only way we can push through to whatever forms of greatness this wonderful planet and God has in store for us.  Zach de la Rocha wrote a poem regarding Occupy Wall Street which exemplifies some of my sentiments. Take a look at his piece:


The beginning spills through city veins
Into the arteries
And under powers poison clouds
We move like the shadows
Through the alley ways
Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams
Through barren factories
Through boarded schools
Through rotting fields
Through the burning doors of the past
Through imaginations exploding
To break the curfews in our minds


Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied
A restless fury
Once buried like burning embers
Left alone to smolder
But together stacked under the walls of a dying order
All sparks are counted
Calloused hands raised in silence
Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated
It’s flame restores tomorrows meaning
Across the graveyards of hollow promises
As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial


And the youngest among us
Stare at us stoned like eyes determined
And say
Death for us may come early
Cause dignity has no price
At the corner of now and nowhere
Tomorrow is calling
Tomorrow is calling
Do not be afraid

— Zack de la Rocha


Whether you support Occupy Wall Street and their efforts or not, you should always support creativity. It’s the glue that binds us, air that sustains us, and hope that will deliver us.

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    December 2, 2011 at 9:55 am

    “We shunned thinkers and dreamers and focused on teaching generations like mine to be workers because from hard work you can have something, anything you see!”

    And I am somewhat opt to blame the older generations for this. Spike Lee spoke at UCONN a few years back and he made a good point that I have to agree with. He said, “Parents are their kids’ biggest dream killers” Our generation is taunted for having dreams that may not be approved of or seem “realistic” to older generations. We are told to go college or get a “trade”, work hard, and stay at the same job for 30+ years and retire. With this notion, there is little room left for those who are creative. Not everyone fits in the “college” box. I am not suggesting that parents enable their children by allowing them to live at home until they’re 30 and do nothing while they find “their way.” However if a child decides that he or she wants to be a musician, an artist, an actor, etc they should not be told that that dream is not realistic or doesnt guarantee food on the table which is exactly what is happening nowadays.

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      January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I completely agree!

      It’s interesting you say this Fola, because at 28 my parents allowed me to move back home to work on my writing and finish my Masters in Writing in as much little time as possible (very rare). Artist need constant support from their family and friends because society doesn’t nurture us at all.

      What a lot of people don’t understand, is that creating art is a spiritual journey and for a world that thrives on the materialistic and physical (as Erika pointed out), it’s very difficult putting everything aside in order to work on what we truly love without the guilt of feeling like failures within society. Giving into art is a gamble many of us don’t have the option, ability or support to take head on.

      I give much-much-much RESPECT to those of us who do. Do your thing, Erika and Occupy the heck out of Creativity.

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