I think the Occupy movement, like many well intended ideologies just comes to nothing in the long run. Did it cause any great government change? No. Did it ruin our park, yes. What was the purpose of camping out anyway? What it started to look like to me was a great excuse for the (many homeless people) and others to come together as a group, build fires and hang out. Yeah, it sucks that we have to work but then here are most of us slugging away anyway, living in homes, paying rents or mortgages. I didn’t even bother trying to argue with friends about this issue, I considered it moot.
What I did find was I went by the park every day on my way both to and from work and it made me uncomfortable. I felt it encroached on my sense of peace and safety and doesn’t that kind of defeat the whole “peaceful protest” notion? How would you like it if 200 or more people (most of whom are likely homeless, disenfranchised or marginalized people in our society) set up camp across the street from you and hung out for six weeks or so?
Now if people could organize and rally for a cause in the way these folks organized and rallied together to refurbish our lovely park, they might be onto something. As far as I’m concerned the Occupy Movement was, for the most part, about a lot of bored people occupying their time and having somewhere to hang out. Granted there were a core group of people who felt passionately about the cause and worked really hard in the hopes of accomplishing something great and I think it’s lovely that people still have the ideology that perhaps there is some other way to bring about change and yes, fundamentally I think our system sucks and changes should be made. However, I don’t think those changes can be effected by camping. You want to go camping, go the national parks like the rest of us are obliged to do by law. You want to bring about change, get an education, become a lawyer, become a judge and help rewrite the laws.