I came across this website after googling “99 percent”. I can’t decide my opinion with this whole Occupy movement. I believe that some of these posts are people being whiny and looking for hand outs, but there are some people who have worked hard for what they have, only to have to ripped away from them because things have become so unfair. But were they ever fair? If so, when?
We need to remember that we are lucky to live in this country. The majority of us have running water, a warm place to lay our heads at night and the ability to better ourselves. Whether or not we take advantage of these things is our choice and we have to choose to better ourselves and our country.
I agree that things in this country have gotten out of hand. We are more concerned about profits than people, but is it the 1 percent’s fault? If you had the opportunity to make lots of money, wouldn’t you do it? I sure as hell would. We forget that we’re selfish creatures, that we look out for ourselves. Fight or flight? Survival instincts? We’re animals and supposedly we’re smarter than the average bear, but I’m beginning to think that we’re not. If faced with a situation to give yourself a million bucks or the guy next to you, which would you choose? I would most definitely choose myself.
I think that the Occupy movement has some very valid points. They are pointing out corporation in banks, corporations and government. If we are the 99 percent, we’re the ones putting money into the pockets of these banks, corporations and government. The 99 percent is still very powerful. I’m glad that there are people who are willing to recognize that and fight for what they believe in. I haven’t done that.
I think that Occupy needs to refocus. Stop camping out in public places and attracting homeless people who shit on the sidewalks. Stop blocking bridges while the 99 percent are trying to get home. You’re just pissing the rest of the 99 percent off, because I guarantee that no one trying to cross that bridge was a 1 percenter.
I overheard an Occupy protestor on the bus the other day. He referred to a fellow protestor who worked full time as “partially dedicated”. Really, he’s only partially dedicated because he has a job and can’t camp out? The fact that he is still dedicating himself to his job so he can provide for himself makes him less dedicated? I find that a little ironic!
Let’s do this. Let’s protest bullshit like college football coaches getting paid millions of dollars. I understand that football programs generate revenue for schools, but shouldn’t our focus be on the education a school provides.
Let’s protest reality starlets making millions for weddings.
Let’s make our government balance budgets. Let’s take religion out of politics.
Let’s fix our mindset. That is the root of the problem. We are so focused on having others take care of us that we forget to take care of ourselves like the 1 percent did.