Occupy Wall Street Movement: An acute study and suggestions -Part 03Take a tube of toothpaste — half-full or half-empty, does not matter, as long as it's not full! Now spread the paste this way: on the left (an inch) keep nothing, then spread thin to the right until you reach the mouth of the tube, about an inch to have most of the paste. This is how the wealth is spread in the US today.
OK, enough about numbers and wealth in the US! Let us talk about other things.
Have you noticed the pepper spray incident that took place in LA? This particular incident took place in a Walmart. A woman in her thirties took the pleasure to pepper spray her fellow shoppers. She probably tried to stop people buying some video games. Another incident shows that some women were fighting for pants in a Victoria's Secret store. Here, is a link to see the fight:
According to the news, there are seven similar incidents that took place during this past "Black-Friday" shopping spree. Also, about 150 million people will shop this weekend. Need I say more? This is our society—we will fight for things at the same time we fight against the corporations for their greediness! How about our greed?
While some of us are appalled about police pepper spraying protesters, people do that in a shopping spree!
What does it tell us about our society?
Clap with one hand or drumming with one stick—Banks vs. Public!
You can't play a drum with one stick to get a good rhythm. You can't clap with one hand. These are the two sayings among many others I heard when I was little. They are true.
We have been blaming the banks for a while now. The way banks acted, it showed that an alley cat has a better sense of morality than those banks. How about the public—have they acted responsibly?
Banks made it easy to get loans—very easy—but people didn't have to fall for it, did they? A loan was obtained without showing any proof of income or assets you have. How can this be true? If someone earns $50,000 or less a year, can he or she buy a house that cost $500,000? How is it justified? Should he or she buy a house when his/her income is less than $50,000 just because he or she does not have to show any proof?
An argument about this is that the general public don't understand numbers and thus they didn't understand the implications of getting those loans to buy a house. I don't buy that. Do people go to their accountants for an explanation before they buy a house? Do people consult their accountant before buying a house in terms of their income and a budget based on that? Do they have that choice? Is it reasonable to pay someone $250 or $500 to understand all the ins and out before buying a property for $500,000, the biggest investment in life perhaps?
Let me tell you something: I know people who know more about their hair stylists and manicure-pedicure people than their accountants if they have any at all. Is this very responsible?
Honestly, how many of you consulted with a professional before buying your house?
I understand about being scared and being intimidated by the numbers. There is nothing wrong with that. I am scared and disgusted by grammar. I literally hate grammar. I love to write. I write with all my heart. I love ViewsHound and its community. I love being here in this community! At the same time, I hate to sit down and proof-read for grammar and spelling mistakes. I have a joke about grammar: if you need an 's', get it from my ass!
Here is the million dollar question: does this release me from my responsibility? No, it does not. I am still responsible to correct my mess.
The public are guilty as much as the banks. Yes, we are!
However, having said that, I am not going to stand and sing on behalf of the banks...la la la...we tricked you...la la la...we fooled you....
Banks should have been very responsible before offering loans on easy terms. Banks must take the responsibility now because they are the ones who designed those loans (called products) for the public to lure them. They must have known the outcome. Was it a conspiracy to begin with the mess?
Logic and Reasons
Not all the time do logic and reasons go hand to hand together. There is a fine line between logic and reasons. I broke my arm when I was a little boy. When my father asked I told him that I ate some berries, and it (my arm) started hurting. My father laughed and took me to a doctor. The doctor asked me if I fell from a tree. I wished everyone would stop asking me this question; how can I fall from a tree when I can't even climb a tree? So, I replied! The doctor laughed and said, "That's a good point." My father added salt to my wound by saying that I was mad at him for cutting the trees to build a house; therefore, I am partial to the trees to blame them. It was true. That was our first fight, and a long lasting one. I was very unhappy with my friend for cutting all those trees; my father was more of a friend to me than a father. The doctor even laughed more when I told him about eating some berries as the cause of my pain. (You can go to my Facebook page if you want to see my picture - a little boy with a broken arm!)
The logic was there: I could not climb. True, very true! However, eating some berries, the reason I gave, was not a good one.
I showed enough reasons for an intellectual revolution to take place in the US, but we still need logic to support it or a logical model to show the long term effects on society. It is not for us as much as for our next generation. We must understand that. The authorities must understand that. Without the ability to foresee our kids' future, we are nothing but some unsophisticated people living in the stone-age! Or, perhaps worse!
The mentality of public and the corporations must be rectified before we try to bring changes. Education is a vital part to bring any change in any society. Without education, it is impossible to bring any valuable change.
Creating a timeline, logically showing the outcomes in terms of our population, wealth spread, education, and consumer behavior, would be good to involve the mass people to succeed.
Summary: The behavior of public and the corporations must be rectified before we try to bring changes. Education is a vital part to bring any change in any society.
(Was Published in viewshound.com in Sept-Oct, 2011)