The following is a message sent by Guy “Josh” Josserand, one of my friends and associates, to the Occupiers in Tucson. It is an eloquent expression of hope and power that I think should be widely shared.–t.h.g.
Dear Occupiers and Occupationists,
Thank you so much from my heart for the power of your presence.
This is a rising tide of public awareness and personal participation for which I have had decades of anticipation.
A tsunami of love and respect for life is forming that can wash clean some centuries of fear-based domination of the many by the few.
Government of the People, for the People, and by the People now faces its last best chance to escape corporate feudalism.
Are we serfs or are we sovereigns?
Toward this end I wish to encourage the Occupation to speak, not about what it needs but WHAT IT GIVES.
As much as the Occupation needs the 99%, we all, the 100%, need what the Occupation offers even more.
It offers us all power and voice.
Let us INVITE each one to take control of the power they have.
Let us encourage them to accept the power they are.
Let us remind them of Marianne Williamson’s message which Nelson Mandela repeated in his Inaugural Address.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Let us incorporate this perspective into every communication and act of Occupiers in every town and city of the world. Success of the Occupation will be measured by the degree to which we can eradicate fear from the hearts of both the 99% and the 1% as well, for the One Percent also suffers from bondage. Though they fortify themselves with wealth, it is only a wealth of power and dominance which is antithetical and incompatible with actual freedom, justice and happiness. Injustice for anyone breeds injustice for all, and as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us many years ago, “None of us is free until all of us are free.”
Guy Josserand III
Beautiful piece Tom, I had never heard Mendella’s elaborated Shakesperian quote. Thank you Josh!