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Forum Post: Quick message to the youth of Terra

Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 17, 2012, 10:28 a.m. EST by Denofearth (41)
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Greetings my most esteemed colleagues. As a white American male on the verge of 50 who has been little more than a hard working slave for all my life, I have come to a difficult decision and felt I should offer some commentary to those willing to read this. At the end of this year, if all goes to plan, I will be leaving America for Ecuador. I recognize that in all probability I have fewer years ahead than I do behind me, and life here in America ( at least presently ) offers me a future composed of little more than shades of black and gray. All my life I have been a hard working blue collar American, who married twice, raised two of my three girls on my own, and availed myself of public assistance no more than a few months when life was at its hardest. Now, regardless of my decades of faithful service, I have a mouth full of rotting teeth, a heart condition, the first signs of arthritis, not even a glimmer of hope that this will change, and my latest social security statement tells me I am entitled ( when I reach retirement ) to a whopping $1200.00 per month. I love our country, but I can't shake this belief that nothing is going to change because the 1% have absolutely, positively, and in all ways no motivation whatsoever to allow things to change and, as commendable as it is to pursue a peaceful nonviolent solution to our situation, it is equally extremely naive to continue to operate under the delusion that anything will be accomplished. As we move into summer invariably jobs will become more plentiful, and #ows ranks will begin to dwindle. How long will people be willing to continue to support a movement that can honestly be said to have actually accomplished very little? Believe me, just like the union era, if and when you become anything more than a minor inconvenience, the 1% will not hesitate to endorse and finance violence against #ows. This will most likely come in a guise that allows the 1% and their grip on the media to blame any and all violence on the protesters. Anyways, I have to get to my crappy job that pays me $8 an hour less than the same job paid me 10 years ago so I'll leave you with this last comment. The very fact that we allowed the mass corruption of our system to happen slowly, methodically, and with basically no opposition guarantees that there will be no peaceful solution to our problem. Once upon a time people could live off the land while they joined protests. This is no longer true for most Americans and it is only human to set aside your high aspirations when you and your kids tummies are grumbling.



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[-] 2 points by Durandus (181) 11 years ago

self-endulgent drivel, drop-out escapism, pessimistic handwringing...all unworthy of an Agent of Change...and if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem...a very clear example how NOT to think under our dire circumstances...the heroic heart will not be infected by such poison.

[-] 1 points by JackPulliam3rd (205) 11 years ago

you'll be missed

[-] 0 points by SteveKJR (-497) 11 years ago

Greetings my most esteemed collegues. As a white American Male on the verge of over 65 who has been working hard all my life, I come to a decision and feel that I too should offer commentary to those willing to read this.

At the end of this year, if all goes to plan, I will have a boat to live on in South Florida. I recognize that in all probability that I have fewer years ahead than I do behind me and life here in America (at least presently) offers me a futer composed of "hope, aspirations and a desire to enjoy life" with very few clouds on the horizon.

All my life I too have been a hard working blue collar American who married once and am still married, raised a stepson and collected unemployment insurance from time to time.

I have a mouthful of solid teeth because I took care of them over the years, no heart condition because I also took care of my body and health, and although I do have slight arthritis I exercise and it imporoves to the point where it doesn't bother me.

I have always had a positive attitude about life and I am collecting SS and doing very well. I love our country and believe that it will change if the attitude of the people in this country change with regard to blaming the 1%.

As we move into the summer, I have things to do around the house. If I need a job I will be able to get one for my "trade" allows me to do so. I am not a "minor inconvience" and the 1% will not have any affect on my life.

I can make well over $8.00 an hour because over the years I learned more then one occupation in my trade to make me more "employable". I look for no guarantees for life has no "guarantees" to offer.

I could live off the land if I lived in the country for that is how I was brought up. However, with the concrete cities and jungles, there is no "soil for planting". So, you got to do what you got to do to survive.

I hope you understand where I am coming from and do understand that a persons decisions in life are determined by how determined that person is to succede. That used to be the "American way of thinking" but apparently not so today.

[-] 0 points by Thrasymaque (-2138) 11 years ago

Move to Java or Bali. You'll live like a King with 1,200$ a month. Seriously. I have no idea why people stay in America. Life is so cheap here in Indonesia and it's always sunny.

[-] 0 points by kingscrossection (1203) 11 years ago

I hear you can live very comfortably in Belize on $1,200.