It is known that I am a completely out of the box thinker. I am a peaceful rebel. I do not support a particular political party as I hold both conservative and liberal views on many subjects, and because I'm no fan of our obviously corrupt political system. One thing I do support 100% is freedom. Freedom of thought, first and foremost, and freedom of speech, food freedom (we're working on it!), freedom to move about peacefully, freedom of property and liberty, freedom of religion and the press, freedom of petition and assembly, and certainly equal opportunity. Hence, I always say that Civil Disobedience is patriotic. When oppression is active, we are not free.
In contemplating the Occupy Movement recently, I realized a relevant and powerful metaphor in the animated movie "A Bug's Life". I saw this movie more times than I could count because I had two toddlers when it was released in 1998 (and I loved it!). I'll always remember it as an obvious and easy to swallow metaphor for Civil Disobedience in society.
Those who remember this movie will remember that the big bully grasshoppers were bigger in size but far less in number than the little ants whom they completely controlled by tactics of fear. However, an amazing thing happened when the ants finally realized that they greatly outnumbered the grasshoppers; they stood up, took back their power, and changed their world. The grasshoppers had no choice but to let the ants BE.
Now, to relate "A Bug's Life" to the Occupy Movement consider the following...
Grasshoppers: 535 Senators and Congressmen, 800,000 law enforcement personnel, 2 1/3 million military.
Ants: 312,784,991 United States Citizens.
THAT'S A 100 TO 1 RATIO OF ANTS TO GRASSHOPPERS. Plus, many of the 2 1/3 million military Grasshoppers actually support the Ants, because they are Ants.
Power to the Ants. Occupy Grasshoppers. And, don't forget to eat your veggies! :)