The Occupy Movement has focused on occupying physical spaces to draw attention to important issues. However, it is even more important that each of us work hard to get our own lives together. We need to free our minds and resist the outside forces of capitalist consumption. Be ready to live with less and avoid entrapment by credit schemes. As the system continues to melt down, only those who are resilient and self-sufficient will be able to thrive. One of the best ways to do this is to understand and practice the Rastafarian lifestyle as modeled by Bob Marley. His words that inspired this title are “Judge not, before you judge yourself.” Get your own life in order if you want to be able to challenge the Babylon system. He summed it up perfectly: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”
I personally became aware of and interested in Rastafarianism about ten years ago through Bob Marley’s life and music. I did my own research into what it means to live the Rasta lifestyle. I found that this social movement has much to teach us about how to free ourselves and take down the system. We can’t get one without the other. I began to teach about this in my social change and social movement classes. I found many young people eager to embrace the principles and practices that Bob Marley and others preach about in their music. In fact, the Occupy fighters already believe in and live many of the values and practices espoused by the Rastafarian way of life. I developed a series of slides to use in my lectures and have included them here. Each should be self-explanatory. Then, I include lots of great pix and quotes from Bob Marley’s music and interviews. This tribute recognizes that Bob Marley’s music and messages are more relevant today than ever.