Occupy Hip Hop?

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

     Haven’t posted in awhile, I’ve been so busy with school. History is happening all around us. Last month, protesters converged on Zuccotti park near Wall Street in NY City to protest corporate greed and financial crimes. The protests have since spread to thousands of cities in countries all over the world. Could this be a global revolution? Or just the latest ineffective political movement? I’ll leave that for time to decide. Although the Tao Te Ching talks about inaction, its important to understand what Old Master really means. Do Taoist teachings support this kind of movement, or warn us against it?

Not praising the worthy prevents contention,
Not esteeming the valuable prevents theft,
Not displaying the beautiful prevents desire.

In this manner the sage governs people:
Emptying their minds,
Filling their bellies,
Weakening their ambitions,
And strengthening their bones.

If people lack knowledge and desire
Then they can not act;
If no action is taken
Harmony remains.

Occupy Wall Street Hip Hop Anthem

B. Dolan ft. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace, Sage Francis – Film the Police

     There has been much “esteeming of the valuable.” In hip-hop it’s called “flossing.” Make no mistake, false pride feels good. For awhile. But it’s an empty kind of satisfaction that only leaves you wanting more. And so the greed of the few who have the most has finally taken enough from the average person, that people can no longer be apathetic about it. The once popular opinion that “people are not being exploited, they are exploiting themselves” is a luxury that less and less people can afford to have. The unrest between people and government mirrors the unrest in people themselves. We are irresponsible children and we have a history of following those with messages we can swallow, not those who speak the truth. Though I too feel rebellious towards all that I perceive is wrong, as destructive as that power may be. But “now that my barn has burnt down, I have a clear view of the moon.” Inaction can be loudly chanting, and not resisting arrest. Still remember to walk the middle path. Let the rebellion begin in your self ~


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