Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 31, 2011, 3:54 p.m. EST by JonoLith
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I’ve been discussing the issues of this movement with many people, and specifically with people who are detracting from the movement. I understand that I am just one voice, but I feel moved to attempt to encompass what it is this movement is standing for. This is specifically directed at those who think the movement is foolish, or uninspired, in an effort to create an understanding for us all. I try, very hard, to make points that are not debatable; that cannot be argued.
My intention is to inspire debate and have a meaningful discussion amongst all parties.
We are all Human. We all Die. We have a short period of time on this earth. We create systems in order to maximize that time spent on earth. The system that we live in currently is called “Democracy.” It is actually a Republic.
The purpose of any created system is to see to the benefit of all people who are a part of said system. The only way to argue with this point is to reveal yourself as a psychopath, as it is intrinsic to the very structure of any fair and equal system. The system needs to be in place to ensure the maximum quality of life for all participants, regardless of the situation that they are born into.
This means that if a Citizen stumbles, or is harmed, or finds himself/herself in trouble, we will have a system that supports them, puts them back on their feet, and allows them to continue through life, unencumbered. It is the only Human thing to do.
Isn’t This System Seeking the Benefit of All?
That was it’s original intent. As stated by it’s creators.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The unarguable intent, in short, is to see to the Well Being of All Citizens. This is not an “Us Vs. Them.” statement. This is a statement that encompasses all people regardless of anything. If you are an American Citizen, you are protected. (I tend to hold the world to these standards as well, as we are all Human.)
Right now the unemployment rate is around 9%. Right now the poverty rate is around 15%, which is up from around 14% in 2010. Right now the top 1% own around 40% of the wealth. Right now the bottom 80% own 7% of the wealth. Right now the Consumer Debt is 2.4 Trillion. Right now the National Debt is 15 Trillion. Right now the Student Debt is 1 Trillion. Right now the Credit Card Debt is 826 Billion.
These figures do not indicate an economy working for the Well Being of All Citizens.
Why is it this way?
This is a point that many people debate, and there are fingers to point all around. The truth, no matter how you slice it, is basic Human Greed. Whether you believe that the people who are in debt deserve it, or whether you believe it is the top 1%, or whether you believe it is the Fed, or the Government, or anything, the answer will always lead you to Human Greed.
To put it simply; people desire more then what they have. This is an extremely basic tenant of Humanity. Except that now, it’s no longer a sin to be Greedy. It’s a goal.
The Point The point of this movement, at it’s most basic core, is to remove Greed from the conversation. This can be illustrated very cleanly by the first statement that has come out of the movement. “Remove Money from Politics.” To phrase that differently, Abandon Greed.
What people haven’t honed in on is that Greed pervades our day to day lives. This is why the movement seems scattered. It is because it is fighting against Greed, and Greed has become embedded in everything we do every single day. It is in every policy that is made by every corporation, it is in every political document that gets passed, it is in every educational facility, and every household.
If you do not understand this movement it is not because the movement is crazy, or uninformed. It is because you are so awash in the system of Greed that you are blind to it’s effect on Humanity, and how it has debased and humiliated the majority of Citizens of the World.
Hard Work does not make Wealth in the Greed Based Economy. There are millions of people who work very hard, daily, to survive within this system, and they are dying. What's left of the middle class works very hard, and yet they are not Wealthy. The 80% of us that make less then 7% the total wealth work hard, and yet we are not wealthy.
We are ultimately a Society. If one of us is Wealthy, it is not because of his/her working hard. It is because Fortune/God/Chaos smiled on that person. They are Fortunate to have been put into the situation to be Wealthy. That is all. All Wealth is derived from the People. If we allow Greed to ruin this, then it will ruin our entire Society.
Help Build a Society. Abolish Greed.