We are the 99.98%: Or The 1% Error

Have you noticed how much catchier “We are the 99%” is than “We are the 99.98%”?

There has been an error in the understanding of the phrase “the 1%”.  Think of it as rounding up.  The level of wealth that causes or participates in the corrupt system of crony capitalism (as opposed to real capitalism which is good) is probably more around “the 0.2%”.  But that’s not much fun to chant in the streets.

Too many people seem to think that OWS is against some random person or small business owner who makes $380k per year.  People making money is not the problem.  I wish them well and hope they do even better next year – along with everyone else.  The problem is a system.  If you want to look at specific people look at politicians, lobbyists, and corporate heads taking away opportunities for others while benefiting themselves.

So much focus has been on how much money you have to make to be officially in the 1% that it has taken attention off of the actual problems of a corrupt system.  The phrase “the 1%” is meant to highlight the disparity between very few people with a lot of political power to influence the government compared to the rest of us.  You can make millions per year and still not be part of the problem.  Tom Hanks, Tiger Woods, and Oprah are not part of the problem.  Tiger has his own problems, but he’s not corrupting the government, and therefore not the problem.

My lovely revolutionaries, let’s make sure when we’re making our signs that it’s understood correctly.  And dear readers who make over $380k per year, understand that this isn’t about you.


The Least You Need to Know

What’s this blog about?  Everything.  What are you going to tell us?  What you need to know.  Why are you writing it now?  Because people are changing, new rules apply and people want to know what it’s all about.

Occupy Wall Street is what is happening now, but it is as they say, the tip of the iceberg.  People are not the same as they were when you were in school (no matter how old you are reading this), and they are not the same as they were in the “days of old” from your parent’s day.  What’s going on?

Various things.  People are wired differently than they were and we are experiencing the world in a vastly different way than before.

One of the most outstanding differences people will have noticed in the past decade is the surge in cases of ADD/ADHD.  Sure it can be drugged out of you, but it’s not actually a problem, it’s a new way of thinking.  It appears to be related to seven different genes.  I’ve read most about the DRD 4 allele, but I’ll leave all that for you to study on your own.  The important thing to realize is that there are more and more people being born who are wired to think differently.  An article in New Scientist has found that time actually passes at a different rate for those with ADD/ADHD.  They think quickly, they’re intelligent, they can’t bring themselves to listen to things that aren’t engaging, they have heightened compassion and they are well known for not following authority they don’t find authentic.

On an outer level, one thing that has changed the world is the internet.  We are connected to everyone, all the time.  We don’t just hear about other people and other countries on the evening news anymore.  We don’t read a story about Egypt, we watch youtube videos, we see their faces, we read their tweets.  We don’t wonder what others in the world think about an issue, they post it as their status on facebook.  We happily experience the whole world on a daily basis, not just our own community.  These are our experiences.  And every experience changes us – we as humans aren’t the same people we were before, and we as individuals aren’t the same people we were before.

I’m not intending to go into all the ways that we are different now than we were.  There are various things more and more kids are being diagnosed with that as they are explored are showing themselves to be not so much problems as intensely new ways of being, and there are more and more ways that we are connecting with the world around us.  And whether we came out different than the rank and file of our parents’ generation when we were born (whatever our age) or have just ended up that way over time, we’re different now.   We’re more intelligent, more compassionate, and less interested in the status quo.

So Occupy Wall Street isn’t surprising now.  It was just time – time for the world to catch up with who we are.

So this blog is about who we are now.  And how to be that in the most freakin awesome way.