Although I understand the anger that people are feeling right now, I am very concerned about the mob mentality and I would like to do something different.
My only rule is that this stay peaceful. I'm open to suggestions and new ideas to make it more fun!
Please know that I've already talked to the NYC police and they are on board with this. But I need to give them an accurate head count, hence the invite.
For that reason, and this is for safety, I ask that you keep your RSVP up-to-date.
Okay so here goes....
Here are my intentions:
Day 1 - Saturday. I would like to recognize the heroes of New York City. It baffles my mind that people could so quickly forget the men and women who lost their lives fighting to save people on 9/11. For so long, we honored the first responders, but somewhere along the line the anger that people are feeling towards "the man" has been misguided and misdirected at the people who are just doing their best to keep us safe. It's a tough job and I would like to recognize that.
Day 2 - Sunday. I would also like to honor the real life super heroes in the military. My intention is to make the point that our military also has a tough job, and the fact that we keep sending them to fight in wars (I believe largely motivated by profit) is not right. And we don't take care of them when they get back home. I would like to create a visual representation that the military should be the guardians of peace, rather than an instrument of war. War is not as necessary as our greedy corporate overlords have made it. In fact, I truly believe that no one needs to be the instrument of war. If we could all leave each other alone and remember that there is no "us vs them" then maybe we would have some freakin' world peace.
Day 3 - Monday (Memorial Day). Thirdly, I would like to make the point that the borders of this world are purely arbitrary and imaginary. Granted, there are certain countries I've been to that I have enjoyed more than others. For example, Ireland, England, Spain, and Bali (Indonesia) are particularly special to me.
So here's the plan:
On Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend, I am going to show up in Times Square, dressed like an idiot. You'll know me when you see me. (I'm keeping the costume a surprise for now because I think it's funny). I am going to stay in silent meditation for three days. I'm going to carbo-load the week before so I'll not need much food. (I've practiced and truly, just some nuts and snacks will be fine for three days.) But I will need a lot of water. I will have someone sitting next to me at all times. As much as possible, I'll be keeping my eyes closed, so the person sitting next to me will be my eyes and ears. If you'd like to be in the "hot seat" at some point, just let me know and I'll put you on the schedule and we'll go over my hand signals.
The important part of the symbol here is that I will be wearing a black mask that just says "Peace" on it.
I would like a member of the military to be standing next to me in uniform at all times as well. As in.... the military should be the guardians of peace.
Now here's the fun part! Because I'll be in silence for three days (and I know many of you who know me are THRILLED about that), I can only express myself in Universal languages. These include:
5. Head nods, gestures, and hand signals
6. There is another Universal language available but I'm not doing that in public.... ha!! What? Who said that?
For me, meditation is anything that I'm fully present for. It doesn't necessarily mean sitting still and being boring. Many of you know this already, but I'm far from boring.
Anyone who comes is allowed to sit next to me (or hey, maybe dance with me) and ask me yes or no questions. The funny thing is, there are actually 4 valid answers to a yes or no question:
d. I don't know
So.... that should be a fun game!!
I could use a few more volunteers for both the "hot seat" job and the military job. If you know anyone who you think would like to help, feel free to invite them!
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to dress up as your own version of a super hero! Make it an expression of yourself -- a reminder that you are also a real life super hero!
For the third part of this, I would like everyone who is not playing "hot seat" to come and join me, wearing the flag from their country of citizenship or birthplace. (Wear it like a super hero cape!!) I realize for most people, that's the same thing, but for many, it is not.
You don't need to be silent with me, just have fun talking with each other, meeting people from all over the world, and just be there to support me. It's going to be a big ass birthday party!! (My birthday is June 2nd. But don't buy me anything! Just save your pennies for the book pre-orders).
At a certain point, there is someone who has a very special job. This person will be wearing an American flag. He's going to start the "trading of the flags" by handing his flag to Ireland. Be watching for it... I'll give you more details soon.
In the mean time, please just invite those people who you think would like to be a part of it. Everyone is welcome but it....
STAYS PEACEFUL. That's my only rule. And it's non-negotiable.