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Occupy Wall Street Demands a New World You-Sheng Li, 28/10/11
Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations that started on September 17, 2011 in New York based in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street area but now it has become an international protest. Various "Occupiers” and supporters have modeled themselves after Occupy Wall Street in over 900 cities worldwide. People are amazed by their wide spreading influence but few know the similarity between those protestors and Taoism. A Taoist website asked me to write a hundred word comments to explore this unusual link. I wrote:
Lao Tzu says, "Heaven and earth unite to rain down sweet dew; the people, nobody ordering them, balance to equality." Now both wealth and inequality have skyrocketed in a global village that is far more complex than Lao Tzu could have imagined. Taoism provides a solid ground for ordinary people both to protest against the richest 1% and to maintain a healthy lifestyle and serenity of mind. Taoism also offers the technique: Transcendence. We all experience such moments when we emerge ourselves into the amazing landscape of nature or absorbed into a masterpiece of arts, a world of beautiful serenity where secular concerns become irrelevant. Those who have such a transcendent mind are also more likely to balance themselves to equality.
In the above quotation, Lao Tzu linked natural equality with sweet dew. Sweet dew is only the natural plenty of the Eden Paradise or the environment in which the ancient primitive people lived. Chimpanzees share their food whenever another chimpanzee holds out an open hand. Even the food holder does not like the begging one but he still gives out a share but throws it out to show his unhappiness. Thus, even if sweet dew is only a minimum amount of food, Chimpanzees balance to equality by sharing. Furthermore, the inborn instinct that dictates food sharing apparently transcends or overrides the more superficial emotions against the beggar. Unlike chimpanzees, modern men are mainly of their own making, dictated by their sophisticated calculations and superficial emotions. We have to come deeply into my mind or deep consciousness in those transcendent moments to search our natural inborn instinct.
the survival of our closely related cousins, modern apes, and the most
developed brains of our ancestors, the Eden Paradise would appear to be almost
unbreakable unless by humans themselves. Indeed, the migration of our ancestor
Homo sapiens out of
come from the hierarchy of our society. The top 1% claims they pay 40% of the
taxes of which, a large portion goes to the military to kill other humans. The
only widely used slogan among those protestors is: We are the 99% to which,
some raise the slogan: We are the 53% who pay tax. The 99% still have their
innocent hearts, like Adam and Eve, and dream of the lost paradise on earth
while the top 1% benefit from this hierarchal social structure. David Suzuki
once said to a reporter in
Those orientated towards money and towards enjoyment of
life are rarely able to work side by side. Such a rare occasion was war.
Roughly between eight and six thousand years ago, the world became much drier
than before. A desertification took place all over the world. This process hit
the central zone from the
It is not surprising that scholars also calculated the time of the Creation and Adam/Eve to be around six thousand years ago. God regretted that he had created man, and said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before me, because the earth is full of violence as a result of them; and here I am bringing them to ruin together with the earth.” (Genesis, 6;13) Thus the Bible writers and modern scholars pointed to the same time, six thousand years ago, as the start of our modern world.
When survival was at stake because of war, humans
tend to suppress their nature in order to survive. Whenever a relatively
peaceful environment seems to be lasting, human minds go back to their lost
Paradise on earth. In the West, from Plato’s Republic to Augustine’s
from those philosophers, sages, religious Messiahs, the Communist movement
peaked up with Mao’s Cultural Revolution that smashed all bureaucrats and
resulted in chaotic anarchy for years. Modern democracy allows young people to
listen to their hearts and express their feelings in a social movement. In the
worldwide restlessness in the 1960s, young people, nobody ordering them,
organised themselves into communes like the early Christians in the Roman era.
Professor Dorian Warren from Columbia University has described the movement as the first anti-authoritarian populist movement in the United States. In conclusion, like Taoism that respect neither heavenly authority nor secular authority on earth, those protestors demand a fundamentally new world, the lost paradise.