Posted 12 years ago on Sept. 29, 2011, 11:42 p.m. EST by ashesmg
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The problem here is not greed. I believe greed is a symptom of a more subtle issue that has become so ingrained into our lives that we barely even recognize its force throughout the consciousness of humanity (specifically America). Of course there are going to be selfish jerks that steal and take gain off others' weaknesses. The bottom line is, we consumers are the ones fattening their wallets without thinking twice or having much of a choice. As capitalism and financial exchange are basically the ONLY functioning parts of our economy, how can anyone really understand what 'success' or 'freedom' mean? We (100% of us!) are all slaves to a system that completely depends on and revolves around money. I think people are anxious, angry and willing to take to the streets in protest because life has little meaning these days. Changing a law or charging Wall-Streeters with crimes will of course be a big win for the 99%..... But let's look deeper! It's not about 'winning' or making the 'bad guys' pay. I plan on participating at Occupy Portland next week. I sincerely hope this movement can be a catalyst for a radical dissection of our American system, a chance for a unification (because - let's face it - if you look at the big picture, we are all ONE), and a reawakening among the masses to create a new kind of society.