I must say that I am both amused by and rather tired of the position of the so-called “Occupy” movement. First of all I wonder about the motives of any sort of thought process that implies that since I am not one of the wealthiest One Percent in my country then I must have some sort of problem with Them and how They are conducting themselves. It is further implied that I am one of the 99% and that I am not safe, nor should I be happy about my current condition or my future prospects.
But I have to ask a question. Let’s imagine that 100 people come together and supposedly dedicate themselves to a supposedly common goal. Many decades go by and one day a small handful of the members sit down in protest. They begin to claim that the effort is going poorly in that the outcome is favoring a very small number of the group’s members. In fact, they say, only 1 member of the group is truly realizing the common goal.
This small group also claims that this 1 member out of 100 is responsible for the entire group of 100 having gone astray. This 1 member absolutely must change their ways, or the remaining 99 are doomed.
Alice and I were chatting about this the other day and she observed, in her usual wry manner…
I am well aware, Gregory, what these ‘Occupy’ folks think that this sort of analysis says about the 1 percent of your United States. What I wonder though is if they have ever considered what exactly they are saying about the remaining 99.
No, Alice, I don’t believe that 1 person can lead 99 against their will. I don’t believe that 1 person can dupe the other 99 into believing that one thing is happening when really something else is. I suppose I give more credit than that to my 98 brothers and sisters.
I believe that the only ones who need to evolve their ideas, goals, behavior, etc are the small group who keep telling us that we are miserable; the small group who keep telling us that if someone else will only do thus and such our lives will be better, later.
You know who you are, and it just doesn’t jive…
Greg Allen Morgoglione
Albemarle County, VA