Sunday, November 20, 2011

Occupy the Hors d'Oeuvres Tray

Increasing Lei-offs have inspired the Occupy Hawaii protesters**.

As the Occupy Wall Street movement has been much in the news, for a variety of reasons and from many different angles, I was glad to see an inspiring story recently about a creative and bold young performer from Hawaii who goes by the single name of Makana. If the name doesn't sound familiar, he's the guy who was invited to play at a Hawaiian luau attended by world leaders who were gathered for a summit to plan a Pacific free-trade pact--world leaders who included President Barak Obama. 

"Global warming? Hah! Pass the coconut shrimp, Senator."

You can read about this young man--his song and his giant cojones--all over the web, but here's a place to start. I admire his bravery in doing what he did, and I also like his rather Dylan-esque intro to the song, reminiscent of "come gather round people, wherever you roam. . . ". Now, I don't know if I like the song enough to listen to it for forty minutes, so I guess it's a good thing that my invitation to the Pacific free-trade summit got lost in the mail or the ethers of the interwebs--because that's how long Makana played his protest song before a critical mass of people at the dinner actually noticed. 

This makes me wonder if the failure to notice someone speaking (or in this case, singing) a powerful message to them right in their midst is a good example of what we're facing (and by we, I mean those of us who agree in whole or in part with the many messages--if not always the methods--of the Occupy Movement). It seems a metaphor for what has been happening in this country for some time--the people are suffering, right under their noses, and those in power just keep on going with the party, with their comfortable status quo.

What must happen to break up this party? What would make them look up from the hors d'oeuvres tray, short of a fire alarm or the sound of something shattering?

** I apologize.

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