Originally posted by TheRiverCityAnswer
So, just so everyone knows, I've totally changed my viewpoint over the weekend.
I'm one of those emotional kind of person who speaks in frustration.
Power to the People.
See this is exactly what is wrong both with your generation and this movement.
Crap. So you are against it and disappointed in it; which is fine. You get to be bitter and ironically self aware. I am a genxer. I consider these
two things to be among your birthrights. But, on Friday or whenever you are against the protests, feel they lace real direction, and are embarrassed
by the wishy washy organization of your peers. Only to come back now and tells us that not only do you support them but the reason you changed your
mind is because you are wishy washy too. Why do I get the feeling that if bull horns were allowed at these things somebody would be pushing one into
your hands so that the nightly news could be filled with your (warning made up quote for effect, not real quote)"well I was against OWS because they
were dirty and scraggly and unorganized, but then I just figured what the hell!"
Do you guys have any idea of just how large a percentage of the Actual 99 Percent is sitting back and monitoring this thing with baited breath. We
are torn between feeling that if someone *&** up the remainder of the country of our youth that is left to us, we are going to freak out on
**not the government**. DO you recognize that we DO have jobs, and families, and reputations as professionals and that we cannot afford
to back a losing play?
That we were working on a plan as evidenced by the painful implosion of both political parties but that it was going to take awhile because we are
playing from the inside in positions that we have worked slowly and steadily for the last two decades to obtain?
That there wasn't going to be anything illegal about our change, and it was intended to be a subtle shift in direction that would turn us back to
course. It was not a flashy revolution. It wouldn't have really even made the news. A few decades from now some scholar would have spotted the
pattern and recognized it as a movement. It was the kind of plan that can only be built slowly over years by a generation who has learned patience
because we follow the Boomers and the ever present spotlight that follows their every move. We play a very long game because we have never had any
And no, I am not telling you that this is out there somewhere in print or that there are meetings or any such thing.
But I can't believe that others of my age don't feel what I feel. Haven't been inching toward a place where they could make a small personal change
which when multiplied by the numbers of a (granted small) generation would have made the world a better place?
And you guys threaten to blow all that right out of the water. All or nothing right now.
And we, used to playing second fiddle as we are, step back and wonder if you could be right.
Wonder if you could pull it off.
And worry that you just arent' ready. But, echo boomers that you are, you will only go for the grand slam.
We were about to get walked the base that would have scored the first run of the game.
And you sent in a pinch hitter and told him to go for the stands.
Two outs, bases loaded. If you guys strike out... and we cannot decide if we think you can do it. Are we to be passed over and never have our day in
the sun? Isn't that worth it if the generation that jumps us can improve the world? But, we are not sure that you are ready. For many of the
reasons that you yourself put in your OP. But today you are back in because why? Sounds like peer pressure over the weekend.
OP I apologize if this comes off as a personal attack. It is truly my frustration at the way I see the world running, not you.
I get that you live out the roles assigned by your generation and position as clearly as I do the same.
Are there any Gen Xers out there who understand what I am saying?
I feel like I didn't even know I felt this way until this whole Occupy thing started. And now it is so clear to me.
But it likely just reads as a rant.
Sorry 'bout that. It makes it no less sincere.
edit on 16-10-2011 by watcher3339 because: (no reason given)