I soon realized that was a cop-out. What movement is well formed from its outset? What change is brought about in a tidy fashion? I soon wished I had said something different.
Then at a recent prayer service at my synagogue, Larchmont Temple, I read the following in the siddur, or prayerbook, written by Rabbi Sydney Chayet, a professor of history and a poet:
We oughtn't pray for what we've never known,
and humanity has never known:
Better to pray for pity,
the will to see and touch,
the power to do good and make new.
What Occupy Wall Street might represent for many is in fact this holy indignation, this drive for improvement and for a more moral and meaningful life. We should be proud and pray for more people like these who are agitated and discontent and are asking us to look for better ways to make our socity anew. Stepping out of our comfort zones and into a place that is uncertain, but certain in its pursuit of justice and fairness, is a healthy thing. I would encourage my patient, my children and my friends to go find out what they have to say and what can be carried back home, to school and to the workplace.
image from salon.com via Googleimages.com