I met a young man at our church this past Sunday who has been participating in Boston's version of the Wall Street protests, sleeping on the streets, etc. He's a college student who's finding time to do this and still go to class.
I said to him, "Yes, of course I've heard about the protests. I've been a little unclear about the objectives. Can you fill me in?" He said, "Well, actually they're kind of hard to pin down." And then he did his best to circle them a bit as best he could.
For all their ambiguity, I'm on board. It was only perhaps two months ago that I said to Grace, "Where are all the young people protesting the loss of their future? The thievery in the financial sector, the insane escalation of college costs, the galloping gap between rich and poor, the unwillingness of the government to govern--it seems to me there are a whole lot of things happening that will make it a heck of a lot harder for the average college student to graduate into a reasonably hopeful future. Oh for the 60s when kids would have taken to the streets. In the absence of that, it seems to me that things will only keep escalating."
I have no particular scriptural backing for my sentiment, no particular appeal to Blue Ocean principles, so perhaps this blog is the wrong forum for this thought. And clearly my views are not widespread--my Facebook page has been peppered with "Get a job!" sentiments towards the protesters. To which my internal response is: Well, indeed; that, I think, is the point of the protests.
And the parallels between these protests and the Tea Party movement (which has not found its way into my sympathies) have been noted. So maybe I value actions like this for causes that make sense to me and deplore them for causes that don't. (Hang on; isn't everyone that way?)
So do you believe in civil disobedience of this sort? Does it have anything to do with your take on Jesus' gospel? Or is it just a means of fighting for one's own interests? Or perhaps you just want the protesters to get a job...