Across the U.S., and now elsewhere in the world, a protest movement is rising called Occupy Together. You can read live updates of the original Occupy Wall St. event, that’s still going. Also take a look at we are the 99%, a related website where people interested in the Occupy movement are telling their stories.
Do you think these protests are a good thing? Do you agree with their belief that there’s something wrong?
I’m not sure what to think. Until now I haven’t taken the time to educate myself on this movement. I just stopped by a few websites but I’m still unsure what it is they are protesting for and what their ultimate goals are. Pure anarchy won’t solve the 99% problem!
Do I believe there is something wrong with the “system” and society as a whole? YES! But the fundamental nature of human beings perpetuates societies such as these. We are greedy, self-absorbed, ambitious creatures, capable of horrible things in order to further our own agenda.
Can we do anything to change society? Not without fundamentally changing ourselves. Should we all become Buddhist? Should we do a “fight club” and bring down the “establishment”? I don’t know. All I know is that I try to live a life with compassion and kindness. I try to improve my life and the life of those around me, because that is all I can control.
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.