Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Brief Thoughts: I Am the One-Hundred Percent

All of this "Occupy (location)" business has really given me the opportunity for some thought. The concerns of the self-claimed 99% are valid, but the approach is confusing. Signs and a large sit-in (or sit-on) and large amounts of media attention bring light to their concerns, but I fail to see how it will move them towards being resolved. I have heard accounts where police are arresting people by the hundreds, and the process is streamlined for convenience of the officers.

I think this movement, where people are placing themselves on one end or another, is missing the point. Or rather, The Point. Capitals t and p. The movement is protesting inequality, and yet we divide ourselves across economic lines and point fingers. Those who have worker hard and suffer are on one end, and those who have easier economic burdens are on another.

I like to think that I'm part of the 100%. I live as a human being within our agreed society. I pay taxes. I have a job. I have dreams.

So where do you want to be? The one, ninety-nine, or one-hundred percent?