Soon, as the weather gets less hospitable and people find the need to get back to their ordinary lives, the Occupy Wall St. movement will come to an end. The 99% will go their way within the system, like it or not. I do hope something positive comes from it all, but in today’s hostile political, social, and economic environments, I doubt the protests will make much difference to those who control the immense flow of money throughout the country and around the world.
Meanwhile, I’ve come across a couple of quotes that illustrate just how wide the chasm is between logic and reason on the one side and delusion on the other. The first is from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who writes:
“The way to understand all of this [the Occupy Wall St. movement] is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is.”
The second is from Rush Limbaugh, who states on his website:
“Many of these protestors are bored trust fund kids, obsessed with being something, being somebody, meaningless lives, they want to matter. Others are just showing up for the fun of it to rabble-rouse.”
It doesn’t take much take much consideration to see which of these statements is reasonable and which isn’t; to see which comes from a ground of understanding and which comes from a ground of contempt.
The Limbaugh quote comes from a web page labeled “Pearls of Wisdom.” But there is something wrong here, if not incredibly ironic. Wisdom, by its nature, must be wholesome. Wisdom can never be hateful or divisive. To believe otherwise is delusion.
The chasm between wisdom and ignorance is huge and growing wider by the day as the Internet is used, not always to bring people together, but as a powerful cannon of propaganda aimed to intentionally deceive, manipulate, and divide.
Somewhere, there is an Island of peace, away from hostility and ignorance.