Tents, Money and Property
It came down earlier this week that the Occupy protestors will be removed from Olympic Park on Friday. The protestors have been there since October and it will be interesting to see how they will leave the park (if they leave) later this week. A couple of things.. first, it is really cold out there. Like, way below zero Celcius. When the sun is out. Are you crazy? Second, you lost me on this whole thing. I love a good protest against “the man”, but this one has become about camping in parks and tents and frankly, I don’t get it. I know there is injustice in the world. Tens of millions of children will go without clean drinking water today. They will not have food to eat nor medicine for life threatening illnesses. Girls are not sent to school because, well, they are girls. Millions of children are on their own today because they have been orphaned by AIDS. But, where was I? Oh yeah, the tents. Death to Capitalism and all that.
A funny story. I can’t remember which occupy protest location this came from, (Vancouver? Calgary? Seattle?) but on Public Radio they interviewed a man about progress of the protest, a clash with police, their stance on fiscal policy, etc. He went on about how capitalism takes advantage of those that do not have much, the growing gap between the “have’s” and the “have not’s” and how we should not be so self-centered and concerned about private property. So far, I was with him, because let’s be honest, we (meaning our society) have some pretty f*cked up priorities. I was ready for more, ready to pitch my tent (Okay, I don’t have one, but I was ready to sign on to the cause). Then he continued to go on about how the police had confiscated his tent and he wanted it back. Because, after all, it was HIS TENT, bought with HIS MONEY, and HIS PROPERTY. No one else has the right to just take it! Interesting. So, if it were my tent that you needed and I were wealthy, (which I am not, so don’t get any ideas), and you took it, that is Okay, but because it is your tent and they are the police, its’ not? You lost me.
From where I am sitting, it seems that Adam Carolla may be right when he says this is all about envy and feeling underappreciated. (be warned, his youtube rant is really good, but he drops the f bomb alot) Just because some people have more stuff that you does not mean that you can pout in your tent in a camp somewhere downtown where you cannot afford to live because you are having trouble finding a job in a shitty economy. The fact that the powers that be on Wall Street may be corrupt is not news, it is a constant filed under “duh”. You have not uncovered anything new here.
I have a piece of advice for whomever out there. If you do not like your current situation, figure out a way to change it. When you don’t like the way a company is run because they are homophobes or bigots or just plain jackwagons, start your own company with your own idea and create a culture of inclusion, acceptance and niceness. Oh, yeah, and be sure you have a solid business plan to be profitable.
Fight fire with fire. If you don’t like a businesses practices, like say, they won’t sell a Tshirt with a girl proclaiming herself a presidential candidate because it goes against your “family values” policy, yet will sell guns and ammo to whomever, don’t shop there. If you agree that pizza is not a vegetable or that fast food should not be marketed to kids because it is making them fat, spend your money at a local grocery store. If you think that pornography is degrading to women and should not be printed, don’t buy it. Like it or not, its capitalism. If you don’t like something, no one is forcing you to buy it. The only reason there are so many fast food joints everywhere is because they are profitable. Big box whatever stores are popping up everywhere because they are profitable. If you don’t want to participate in their profitability, shop somewhere else, make your own food, go to a local farmer’s market. You get the idea.
There is always a choice. It may not be an easy one, but there is always a choice.
That felt good. Prepare for more rants. I have to refill my coffee. Which, by the way, was organically grown in SE Asia on a sustainable farm, using fair wages, imported to an independent coffee roaster and sold by a locally-owned business. Because that is my choice.