I practice yoga with my exercise regimen almost every single day
I have been lucid dreaming for as long as I can remember (just didn't know that is what it was until people discovered they could make a few bucks off of teaching others how to do it)
I have meditated at times in my life
I have studied various brands of mysticism and find some of them fascinating
Okay, that said, I have never figured that any of that stuff (including mysticism, spirituality, meditation) had anything to do with the overthrow of capitalism or the smashing of the state. All of the above may enhance your personal life or just make you feel better or get you in touch with the great "something," whatever. I've no trouble with that kind of thing. Just don't tell me you are going to change the world with it. Had this debate in the 60s and as then I felt that turning mysticism, spiritualism and all of that fun stuff into some sort of movement for change actually simply benefits those in power. Divert the "masses" from dealing with real issues in the real world and you can just keep right on ruling...kinda like drugs.
The poster below says, "race, religion, politics, beliefs, culture" are superficial differences. Oh, really? Sure, everything is connected to everything else, and in that respect everything is "one" but within this Oneness there is quite a bit going on besides "wholeness" and "rightful energy." I am just saying you can't hide all that we see and experience behind "spirit and love." If only it were so easy. How much benefit do you suppose all the species that go extinct on Friday will get from this "Movement and Meditation?" How many dams will disappear in the bliss of meditation? How many innocents suffering in conflicts all around the world Friday will be saved from death through numerology or lucid dreaming? How many dying from cholera and malaria will miraculously recover on Friday via numerology? Face it, people have been "infusing" themselves with "rightful energy" for thousands of years and there is not one iota of evidence of any of it having had any effect whatsoever on exploitation, repression, war, hate, bigotry and all the rest. Struggle in the real world has shown some effects on all these things. Slavery in America ended via violent conflict and struggle not through anyone getting in touch with their inner being. The Vietnam war ended because of the courage of the Vietnamese people who fought for national liberation for decades.
Individual personal growth does not a revolution make. Religion is the opium of the masses. It may be good for the soul, and that is fine, but lets quit promoting the absurdity that we can make the world a better place if only we join hands and chant Ommmmmm.
So, what I simply don't understand is why is the main item highlighted for the past few days on the Occupy Kansas City web page the following.