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    Posted October 6, 2011 by
    Jackson, Wyoming
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    Watching with Your Ears


    What is "Occupy Wall Street"......


    Two great generations fought world wars and gave the next generation the opportunity to live peacefully and grow their families.


    That generation gave their children the best education available.


    My generation produced technological advances.  Everything from cordless telephones to iphones to military drones.


    The newest generation is highly educated and they have an endless supply of information available to them on the Internet.  They can communicate openly with people in several different countries and share their experiences on videos.  It happens within minutes and it's all free.


    In the 60's we had muscle cars and everyone wanted to drive 120 miles an hour.  This generation has the power of communication and they deserve to travel at light speed.


    Each generation goes through their "what do I want to be" phase.  This generation is going through it together as a connected, world generation.  They're watching famine, war, corruption and all the other inequities that we heard about but were never allowed to see.  They see it live, uncensored, unedited and without media commentary on Facebook and Youtube as it's happening.


    Some say there's no clear message with "Occupy Wall Street" but if you listen carefully the message is as clear as any Facebook page... one day they're sad, one day they're angry, on Monday they comment about hunger in Africa, on Tuesday it's the financial crisis, on Wednesday it's nuclear weapons.


    As the older generation, we need to listen to everything they have to say, let them ramble, let them scream, let them dress and act out in ways we don't understand.  We should be on the sidelines bringing them coffee and donuts, giving them blankets and letting them say what's on their minds.  We need to encourage them and we need to listen.


    In the end, they will realize there are no easy answers but they can and will make a difference.  We need to support them no matter how crazy it seems to us.  The most important thing is they are trying to do something and they sincerely want to make a difference.  We know they have the technology and the ability to do it.


    The news media should go to these events and just listen.  Don't ask questions, let them say what's on their minds, let them vent, let them express their opinions, let them jump up and down.  Sure, there will be some silly comments and unreasonable suggestions but in the end they will find their way... just like we did.


    We should all be Watching with our Ears.

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