On my Facebook wall today I wrote: “If the only accomplishment of the Occupy movement is the end of corporate personhood, it will have been enough.”
As I thought about it more, I realized that this is a deeply humanist perspective.
In the same way that the work of speaking about God includes defining what is not God, so the work of speaking about humanity includes defining who––or, more accurately, what––is not a person.
Corporate personhood diminishes human personhood. The energy behind the Occupy movement is an inevitable uprising of the human spirit, too long held back, too long kept powerless, too long lied to and made cynical.
It is a movement of hope. It is a surge of desperate optimism. It is humanity re-emergent.
May we make it so.
(Photo by david_shankbone. Used under a Creative Commons license.)