Why is the peace movement using military language? What is the difference between occupying and colonizing? How can we hope to usher in a post-colonialist era by being occupiers? What do we want in the end? Certainly not peace, because one cannot expect peace to result from having occupied territories, either physical or imagined. What is it then that the occupy movement demands? Free Coca Cola? Or a healthier version of Coke that still tastes like Coke and looks like Coke but without sugar or calories or cancer-causing artificial sweeteners? Free video games for the whole world? Fame and fortune for everyone?
The nature of seeking is the not-knowing. When seeking, we cannot know if the thing we seek is palpable. Only time-space can reveal this. However, it is more likely that one finds what one seeks if the imagination is fully engaged along the way. Our minds create the goals as well as the journey. Collective participation wants collective imagination. The naming of these goals, and of the paths to the goals, is the essence of the project.
Instead of occupying, I propose exiting. You can keep your Coca Cola, US of America. You can keep your Wall Street and your harbors, your churches and your banks, your Disney Land and your Hollywood. For those of you who need these things, go ahead, occupy. But I am looking for another way, the way down and in and through and out. The Exit Movement is afoot.