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Forum Post: Wealth does not Equal Success

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 8, 2011, 7:10 p.m. EST by ElizNM (0) from Las Vegas, NM
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For too long now we have allowed the people who identify success with monetary super-wealth make decisions for us.

In the 1700s, across the globe, there was an outbreak of revolutions against those who identified 'success' with a super-concentration of military and political power in their person. Monarchs fell around the globe. Future generations will look back on 2011 as the time when humanity revolted against the 'persons' - both individuals and corporations - who strove to use the idea of super-wealth to define success.

We have allowed the public discussion to be hi-jacked, and public policies to be made, by such 'persons.' No longer. The success or failure of ourselves as individual humans, of our country, of humanity, is not measured by the extra zeros in our bank accounts, or by the number of our millionaires. It is measured by the health of our communities.

Today, our communities are sick. Our friends, neighbors and selves are losing our homes and becoming homeless. We are losing our jobs and becoming jobless. We work harder every year for less. We are mired in a morass of drug addiction, inadequate education, and inhumane 'healthcare.' People are hungry. Our country is at war. Our entire planet is at risk.

A few people have the resources to attempt to buy themselves isolation from the sickness that surrounds them. But even they find the task to be ever more difficult, find themselves living in ever increasing fear.

How is that working for you? It is NOT working for us! Enough already!

We demand that our representatives reject the concept that 'success' and 'wealth' are synonymous. Public policies absolutely must be set with the benefit of the people at heart. No exceptions. Period. Who are the people? Every single one of us. Every one.

We know what it looks like, personally, to be successful. We do not measure our success in money. We are successful when our relationships with the people around us are supportive. We are successful when we are able to express our own inner truth and spirituality in our actions in the world. We are successful when we are able to support ourselves, and give back to our community in some way. We are successful when we see that we are able to make a positive impact on our own life and the lives of those around us.

We do not yet know what a successful government looks like. The current system has failed everyone, even those who do not yet recognize that failure. But we know where to start. A person with more money can no longer have more of a voice in our government than a person with less money. And a corporation is not a real person, does not vote, and should have absolutely no voice. We can go from there and begin to make our country a better place for its people.



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[-] 1 points by rayl (1007) 12 years ago

finance must be separate from government and the decision making process. this was done with the church hundred years ago a few. once this happens then things will become a lot more sane.

[-] 1 points by LaoTzu (169) 12 years ago

We the 99% must become Self-sufficient and build Infrastructure, use recyclable parts to construct, Grow our own Local Organic food for the People. Build Free Energy devices that will take the People off of the GRID and dependency on Oil, immediately. Build CNC Machines for the People so that we may not have to be dependent on anyone other then ourselves working together. We will need bartering systems between local business owners who wish to assist the Occupation with donations or even by doing as I did. I went to Magnolia Bakery and made a request to offer OccupyWallStreet Cupcakes as a form of assistance & awareness. I've also tried for local businesses to offer OccupyWallStreet Organic Pizza's. These times, local business's are very eager to assist the occupation, and what I mean by assist is that they are really willing to support by any way they can! they too are part of the 99%!

The key thing is rebuilding infrastructure. That is very important for the future of the People.

The People, United, Will Never Be Defeated!