The Human Aspect

10 Aug

Occupy began with the ideal of equality for all. Equality of men and women, rich and poor, racially, socially and legally. It started out with the idea that we all share the same rights and responsibilities, that the rich man is no less accountable for his crimes than the poor man. That we all have the right to be treated with kindness and respect, be we sane or mentally challenged, sober or drug addicted.

When the camp was in Olympic Plaza all were welcome; wealthy banker or drunk homeless person. At least on the surface. The truth is, prejudice and judgement are deeply ingrained in each of us as human beings.

I have witnessed racism, sexism, defamation and character assassination by those who fly the banner of equality under which this movement was founded. I have seen a man hounded for months by people he tried to help, for the offence of poor communication and self expression. His life has been deeply affected, his reputation ruined, friends turned against him.

I have heard the cry of racism from people sheltered and loved by a multicultural community; people treated with great respect despite personal flaws as glaring as the man who is even now being persecuted intolerably.

We can never succeed if, each time some person speaks or acts in a way we don’t personally like, we cast aside the values that form the foundation of this movement. It must be more than words, for the great change humanity so desperately needs must start within each one of us who claims to care.

If we behave in the very ways we find repugnant in others, what right have we to protest the behaviour of others? If we slander, accuse, persecute and generally alienate even one person, how on earth are we to grow towards the welcoming, loving equality that is our goal? If we are willing to hurt or harm any person to satisfy our prejudices or paranoia we have failed. This failure is our greatest one, and it has always been with us. It must be overcome or we have lost already.

That’s right. You are no better than those you criticize and neither am I. Look into the eyes of the human being before you and see yourself reflected there. He or she is your equal and deserves your respect no matter who they are, as you deserve theirs. But it starts with you.

 

6 Responses to “The Human Aspect”

  1. Patricia August 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this. It is the kind of thing that needs to be said, and you said it well.

  2. idnami August 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    No one likes to be spoken to abusively of course Satya. However this is tolerated from some for reasons I can’t fathom, while being brutally reacted to in others. One of my first experiences in Occupy was someone throwing things at me and swearing. This person continued to be treated just the same. Another person uses abusive language and it destroys his reputation. Why should it affect two people so differently if the behaviour is objectively wrong? And why should only one receive forgiveness?

    • Satya Danu August 13, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks I good question which of course I cannot answer because I was not there and would not excuse either of the cases, with out a sincere apology and a effort to ensure it doesn’t happen again the intense I was referring to he did neither and intact continues to be venomous to this day to anyone whom will listen.
      Again this is my point is that it has started to feel like daycare or elementary school with the
      behaviour is far to common in the movement and has chased away alot of the members who don’t want to be around the toxic nature of some in the group ….it is sad to be but it seems like Occupy Calgary is dying of cancer.

  3. Wayne Johanson August 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    AMEN TO WHAT YOU HAVE JUST SAID. LOVE IS THE ANSWER. ONLY LOVE CAN SOLVE ALL THESE PROBLEMS. –

  4. Satya August 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Thank you for posting this, it is the unspoken and less evolved nature of the members of Occupy Calgary that of course would bring this about! How can we as activists create peace and equality in the outside world if we cannot even create this in ourselves and with in the group.
    This in -fighting and intolerance is why we have lost (whether it be a direct “i quit” or a quiet backing away) some of our more spiritually aware, egalitarian proactive & heart centred members in my view. From My experience many of our comrades (myself included) are just no longer willing to put themselves in a space that is so rampant with the un- acknowledged Shadow side of this group.
    I myself have recently experienced a complete degradation of the GA’s & Census, Cliches, Un -apologetic Sexism, people blindly looking to and following the guidance of one person like they are a Guru in a so called “Leaderless movement”, the constant critique by those not on any working groups of the hard work and dedication of others……..these are just a few of the many reasons this movement at least locally is falling apart!

    I would be very interested as to whom this person is “I have seen a man hounded for months by people he tried to help, for the offence of poor communication and self expression. His life has been deeply affected, his reputation ruined, friends turned against him” as the only person i can think of that fit that description was Down Right Abusive to other members of the group including insults to others Character and name calling.

    i optimistic side hopes that Occupy Calgary gets through this …..however even if they do it maybe a day late and a dollar short for those like myself whom have left thus far.

  5. Colin Wenger August 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Very true… May I shine a spotlight also on the frequent invites to open conversation and welcoming. From people that freely ignore attempts to share openly, start conversation and find commonality or at least some uderstanding.

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