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An Example The Occupiers Could Learn From

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The squatters in New York (they call themselves occupiers or the 99%) say life isn’t fair, it’s too hard, the big banks are ruining their lives, they can’t pay their loans, and it’s not their fault!

There are some people over in the Philippines they all need to meet.  Such a meeting would give them both perspective and an education.  They’d learn that squatting, whining, complaining, blaming doesn’t get anything done while rolling up your sleeves, putting on your thinking cap, and putting others before yourself can solve a lot of problems.

See for yourself.

If that doesn’t inspire you, you don’t have a pulse. Or perhaps a conscience…

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Written by DCL

October 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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  1. Doug, I’m struggling in this case to draw a connection between Occupiers on Wall Street and the widespread poverty in the Philippines. You’ll have to help me out… because in my mind, the connections I’m drawing are more terrifying than enlightening. Suffice to say, finding small ways to brighten your life do not preclude trying to open up doorways for more significant improvement.

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    Darnie Kris Glover

    October 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    • It’s not so much the message that I have a problem with although the message of those on the ground and those in the background of this movement are very different. It’s the method that I disagree with. No one is stepping up with a solution that can actually work and benefit everyone. Their basically throwing a temper tantrum of adult proportions. The example of this guy in the Philppines is the antithesis of what those on Wall Street are doing. He saw a problem, and a big problem for many people living in that poor area, and came up with a brilliant solution. He not only came up with the solution he started a business around it and now brightens the homes for practically nothing and even saving people on their electricity bills. What’s keeping the squatters on Wall Street from doing something similar, if not for the masses, then just for themselves?

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      Doug

      October 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      • The last point, in my mind, gets to the core of the difference in how you and I see things. There’s nothing keeping the squatters on Wall Street from doing something similar, and (this is why I’m confused about your point), no reason to presume that they are not currently doing so. And there’s nothing to keep the man in the Philippines from protesting perceived injustice. It’s not an either/or premise on any level, You’re kind of insinuating that well-lit squalor is the best some can aspire to, and favorably relating it to the American Dream. That guy makes six bucks a day, TOPS. And likely needs the help of his kids to do that. If the day comes when Americans are happy with that, and believe it’s a reason to cease striving for their piece of the Dream, then America is dead as a doornail.

        Some specifics about the Philippines: Employers have many arbitrary rules to employment, the job market is impossible. Under 5’2″? Over 27? Almost no one will hire you, even to work at the mall. Find work overseas, get shipped off, and send money back to the family, that’s the norm.

        What I’m inferring in your message is that the pepsi bottle guy shouldn’t seek broader change, since he had the pepsi bottle idea. He shouldn’t seek to improve conditions in his own country by getting companies to hire across a broader base and get his country’s economy going, since he has his bottle thing. He shouldn’t hope for his kids to stay in the country, because the bottles, or the six bucks a day, fixes everything.

        You seem to be presuming that if someone has a decent living, or a shred of ingenuity, then of course, he won’t protest any perceived injustice. This is the kind of thinking that has people on my side of the aisle hearing your message as “I got mine, forget you.” On top of that, you’re setting the bar just CRAZY low.

        To me, my problem with Wall Street and banks is that the way the currently operate, they are making ingenuity fruitless by legally skimming an enormous amount of wealth off the top. Basically these guys were once a gateway, now they are the destination. Don’t innovate, America, just get a job on Wall Street. Obviously, you don’t even have to be that good at what you do. All those guys with ingenuity line our pockets while living in squalor.

        The bigger picture, I think there’s a really bad dynamic that is vastly, RIDICULOUSLY overvaluing people in certain positions, and those people think they deserve even more, But that’s a much bigger discussion.

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        Darnie Kris Glover

        October 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        • My comparison was to the people not to the movement itself. The point is this guy in the Philippines could have sat around a complained and blamed his government for not doing more to help people with no light in their homes. He went to work looking for a solution to the problem and then took action and made a business for himself while at the same time helping people with an inexpensive way to light their homes. He didn’t blame his government or wealthy people in the Philippines or anyone for the problem he just found a way to solve it. There was no insinuation that his solution solved all the problems of the people of the Philippines but he solved one and now he or someone else can use the same attitude, brain-power, and muscle to solve another one. One at a time people can create a better life for themselves and those around them. A happy and fulfilled life doesn’t require a vault full of cash, loan forgiveness, debt forgiveness, big screen tv’s, or any worldly luxury. Maybe that’s another lesson we can learn for those “WE” consider so poor and hopeless in the Philippines or anywhere else in the world.

          I think too many Americans misinterpret or frankly, have no idea what the “American Dream” is. The American Dream is a national ethos in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success. Notice there is and never was any guarantee. The 99% want a guarantee and they want it without having to do anything for it. That is my observation so far.

          The idea of The American Dream was articulated by James Truslow Adams in 1931, he said, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

          Do you honestly think the majority of the 99% see the American Dream in that context? Not a chance and they’ve articulated their ignorance pretty well so far.

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          Doug

          October 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm


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