I am shocked to see how many people do not seem to support the Occupy Movement. Many of my classmates, and indeed some of my close friends continue to find fault with some aspect of it. While there are some characteristics that I myself question, as a whole, I support the movement, and I believe in it.


Some faction of society has criticized every great movement when it began. Think of the movement to end slavery, or the movement for women’s rights. This doesn’t mean that it will fail. Instead of criticizing the “occupiers” for not having all the answers, or not being more organized, why not commend them for trying at all? Perhaps it is your criticism and lack of support that is not allowing it to reach its full potential? Our generation has been labeled as apathetic, and yet when we step out to fight for something we believe in, we are dismissed and disregarded. Instead of spending energy criticizing the weaknesses of the movement, find solutions to improve it. The movement has grown to encompass so many different ideas, I’m sure you can find something there to believe in.


I offer this speech by Charlie Chaplin in support of the Occupy Movement. The words are intended to remind us what it is that is most important in our lives and what it is we should be fighting for.


Chaplin thunders, “More than machinery, we need humanity! More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness!” These are words I feel that speaks to the essence of the movement. I support the movement for the fact that it has caused people to reach out to each other and join in solidarity. I have seen people come together and create a community, something that is severely lacking in our society today.


I want to believe in the movement. I want to believe that it will succeed. In fact, it has already succeeded. It has made a statement that reaches far and wide across the world that our system is failing. No, we don’t have all the answers yet, but if we waited until we had all the answers, we would never progress. It’s a movement. The very word implies that it is in motion, changing and adapting. Chaplin cries, “You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful…Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work; that will give youth a future and old age a security.”


I will be there for the ride. I will be fighting for a new world, however I can.