Occupy The World
I have listened to some of the Occupy [Insert City Here] protests and seen the cops violent reactions to the freedoms we founded our nation on. I have been watching from my little dungeon basement and I think I get it.
People out protesting do not seem to have an agenda or set of things they are protesting. In general they are lashing out at "the rich guy". Other people are calling them hippies and ne'erdowells.
I really think what these people are protesting is the state of our world. We have built a giant, consumerist, more-more-more, faster. faster world. Constantly going and trying to outdo the Joneses. Frankly things are out of control.
I think we all long for the simpler days. Days when you did not have to have two people working full time to survive. Someone would be home with the kids, cooking the dinner, doing homework, taking care of things. Kids would be outside playing with each other. Safe. Secure. The world was a better place.
We believed in our political system. We felt when there was corruption we could change that. We would impeach, and make sure the government did not get too big for it's britches.
Now we do not believe that either side is going to make ours lives any better. It is just a big pack of fat people collecting money from whatever interest group pays them the most. No laws are passed to benefit the people. Nothing changes year after year. Sure we switch from Republican liars to Democratic cheats. Nothing ever gets done though. We see our country spiral into uncontrolled debt, our city streets and highways going to hell, we see the education of our children dropping each year.
I think the Occupy protests have been a long time building. The foundation of them is the worthlessness of our society, and our feeling of lack of power to change anything. I am not sure we can go back to a simpler time. I am not even sure that it would be better if we did. I do feel we can not continue going the direction we are though. Peace.