Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 6, 2011, 5:36 a.m. EST by thespark
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What is it all about?
It is not just about America, Wall Street, corporate greed, crony capitalism...Its about these and a whole lot more. Its about the whole of humanity. As humanity progresses further into the 21st century, it has yet to find the answers to some basic problems affecting its survival. How should all human beings live together in our habitat of earth? How should we organise ourselves to share its resources and maintain its habitable state? The answers to these questions become more desperate in the face of a perpetually growing world's population.
Until now, we have been living in conflicts, fighting to grab as much as possible for ourselves. To fight more effectively, we organise ourselves first as clans, then tribes, fiefdoms, kingdoms and now, nations. While we organise and fight throughout our history, we have seen humanity thrown into periods of war and peace, territorial expansions and contractions and the rises and ebbs of power and influence. The current state is a world of independent nations. In it, we continue to compete and fight for the earth’s resources. It may not be a zero-sum game, but it is a finite-sum game. As one nation gets more, it leaves less for the others. So we have nations wishing the worst for the others. This cannot go on forever. It endangers the existence of the whole humanity. More and more nations are having more and more destructive weapons. There are now enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy the whole world many times over.
Capitalistic economy ultimately depends on consumption for growth. It has to encourage mass consumption. The more the masses consume, the more the economy grows. The faster they consume, the faster the economy grows. The masses are incessantly encouraged, even conned into consuming, even if it is beyond, or way beyond, their means. Only a small percentage makes the most gain out of this frenzy of intoxicated consumption. The system ends up with a small percentage of very rich living above and beyond masses of poor, disadvantaged and deprived. This small percentage do not and cannot feel for the injustices felt by the masses. When the government too is controlled by this small percentage and is not able to help the masses, then the time is ripe for a social revolution. The whole system has to be overthrown. Unlike social revolutions in the past which started from a locality and spread slowly, in the open and well-interconnected world of today, a social revolution can start nationwide, and even worldwide, instantaneously, in a parallel, distributed model. This is what the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is about. Will it result in a new and better world model? Let’s hope it does because humanity is craving for one.