Mark Ruffalo Occupies Wall Street with passion, compassion, intelligence, charisma ~ Ben Ralston

Via Ben Ralston
on Oct 14, 2011
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I was an actor once. A terrible actor. I made audiences cringe. I myself cringed inwardly on stage. I had no confidence. I was in a play at the National Theatre once (just the once) and my parents got in the elevator with Neil Kinnock (head of the opposition party at the time). That’s my claim to acting fame. That’s how bad I was. Thank God I don’t have to act anymore; I found my real purpose in life.

Then there’s Mark Ruffalo. He’s a great actor. I could watch him all day. There’s an openness and an integrity about him that is very attractive. I’ve seen a few of his movies and I always felt like he’s the kind of guy I’d like to get to know. A good guy.

Then there’s Occupy (Wall Street). I love that movement. I put the brackets around the Wall Street part because I don’t feel it’s really about Wall Street any more. It’s about… no, wait.

Occupy has become a global movement and it’s only going to get bigger. It’s going to get bigger and bigger because more and more people are awakening to the simple truth of who they really are. More and more people are becoming conscious of their own innate power. We are not sheep. We are not here to be herded around like cattle, victims of a system that is based on greed and fear, so that 1% can prosper and be free while 99% live without dignity…

We are human beings: perfect, beautiful, powerful expressions of pure consciouness. We are free already, and as more and more people awaken to that simple truth by letting go of survival based fears, the system in which we live is changing. Occupy is a sign of that change – and I for one am overjoyed to see it happening.

So what’s Occupy about? I’ll let Mark Ruffalo explain it much better than I can:

And an equally intelligent, even more eloquent ‘call to arms’:


About Ben Ralston

Ben Ralston has been practising personal development—necessity being the Mother of invention—since he was about six years old. He’s been teaching and sharing what he’s learnt along the way for a couple of decades. His main thing is Heart of Tribe retreats—whose very purpose is to help you fall back in love with life, no less. Leading these retreats alongside his woman Kara-Leah Grant—also an elephant journal writer (that’s how they met!)—they combine a deep well of lineage-based yoga teaching experience, with expertise in healing trauma and various other methods of personal development. Ben also works with clients one-on-one via Skype, writes, makes videos from time to time, and is passionate about parenting. He lives in an intentional, tribal community in the hills of Croatia, where you might find him gardening barefoot and talking to the rocks. Connect with Ben on Facebook or YouTube or check out his website for more info.


8 Responses to “Mark Ruffalo Occupies Wall Street with passion, compassion, intelligence, charisma ~ Ben Ralston”

  1. Fantastic Ben. I love that Mark Ruffalo has gotten involved. He's awesome!

  2. Ben_Ralston says:

    Yeah, I didn't realize how awesome until I saw this.

  3. fivefootwo says:


  4. By the way, a good one to read for context:

  5. Ben_Ralston says:

    That's a great link, thank you my friend 🙂

  6. allison says:

    Wow. This is amazing. Well said, very passionate and intelligent

  7. Why are the intellectuals missing from the Occupy Wall St conversation? An essay by @annacod