*disclaimer* I fully expect someone to tell me I am wrong; I will tell you this, you can’t convince me that I am not on the right track.
I am disgusted.
I find that our society, in many areas, gets its head stuck up its ass so far that it cannot see anything else but itself. Hell of an introductory sentence, right? Here is what I mean…
I see on the news and social networking various articles and posts on this “occupy” movement that has swept the nation. This concerns me. It concerns me because these are the same people that want to think globally on so many issues, but when I see what is being discussed it seems to be a very myopic; because, when the wealth status is measured globally the majority of America is the 1% and that includes the person holding the sign that says “We are the 99%.” The problem is that very same person is someone who wants our country to think globally both environmentally and politically. My wife and I believe in giving. We support a child at an orphanage in Kenya, we also pay someones monthly salary who works at the orphanage, and by no means are making a lot of money; but that is just it, we are. I am not telling this brag, rather to say I am part of that myopic 99%. If we get off the micro scale and start talking about a global scale of what real injustice is, because that really is what is at the heart of this movement, the real injustice is the child that is going to hungry for days at a time if not for the financial support of the so called “poor in America.” It is not an injustice for someone that has a degree to have to work a retail job, or not work in their field, or be laid off when that particular person can get a job that pays the bills but may not necessarily be able to live the extravagant lifestyle they were once used to. Simply, being forced to not be as a big of a consumer as you once were is not an injustice. I think our society needs to learn what real injustice is. This is not an opportunity for you, the reader to tell me that we have injustice all around us in this country, because I agree with you, we do. What I do not agree with is the bull shit that the 1% are collectively are oppressing you, my friends, my family, my neighbor, or me. If we want to see the injustices gone, we need action; and standing on a street corner with a sign is not action. We need people who will give both their time and money to something that is more than just themselves, and do not tell me paying your taxes absolves you from generosity. We need people who will forgo that extra beer or coffee here and there, that meal that you ate out when you could have made dinner and had friends or family over, or heaven forbid, that new video game. We need people who will live within their means, people who will make a budget and be practical. Many of you know I am a Christian, and you are damn right in thinking that I am being influenced by those beliefs right now. Jesus came to the broken, the cast out, the down on their luck, the marginalized people. If, we as the 1% of the world are bitching that we are the 99% in our country, that seriously makes all of us look like the greedy, the swindlers, and the oppressors. Yes, things could be better here with Wall Street, but come off it already. You have a good life. If you think you don’t, then you need to get out of your localized world and see the world.