Occupy Yourself: Action is the Antidote to Despair

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For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for Care2.com, an online community for people passionate about creating a better world. Here’s an excerpt from Occupy Yourself: Action is the Antidote to Despair:
"As I’ve watched and read about the Occupy protests spreading around the world, I’ve found myself growing ever more optimistic that at long last, fueled by a combination of righteous anger, passionate concerns, as well as growing fears, we are waking up from a trance and are taking the necessary steps to create viable solutions to our complex, interconnected and growing problems.

There’s a Star Trek episode called 'This Side of Paradise' in which a group of colonizers on a bucolic planet are drugged by the spores of a flower that make them wholly happy, yearning for nothing. When the starship Enterprise visits the colonists, the entire crew becomes exposed to the spores and abandons the starship to live a life of bliss on the planet’s surface. Only Captain Kirk, loving his starship so much that his anger and fear served as an antidote to the spores, remains immune to the siren call of a life of ease. He manages to provoke and enrage Mr. Spock, his first officer, enough that the drug’s effects wear off him, too, and together they come up with a plan to break the spores’ effects on everyone else. Freed from the spores’ power, the colonizers realize that they have done nothing on the planet in all the years they’ve been there. Recognizing, however, that he’s taken away their seeming happiness, Kirk is compelled to soliloquize that we must struggle, work and face meaningful challenges to be fully human, arguing that this is our essential nature."

Read the complete post.

For a humane world,

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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