posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 03:06 PM
Would... uh... someone care to clarify what the "1%" is?
Many people take this term and make it synonymous with CEOs.
The problem with that line of reasoning? CEOs of mega-corporations may be in the top 1% of wage earners but not in the top 1% of wealth
Of course, I draw issue with the definition of wealth in today's society. I like to refer to it as capital reserves - but it's really a game of
semantics that few people can appreciate - just know that if you think wealth and money are the same thing - you're wrong, and the debate will only
Of course, we can further differentiate between those who have liquid capital versus capital tied up in investments (such as stocks or material assets
such as silver, gold, etc).
But that's hardly an accurate representation of the 1% that are actually in control of things. For that, we need to look at majority share holders,
executive offices, public officials, subject matter experts and key researchers (I'm encompassing a lot of fields, but am probably missing a few).
Some of those 1% are not necessarily living in mansions - but play a critical role in making decisions for large businesses, industry, legislation,
and media coverage.
With that said, you will find the "1%" is everywhere and everyone, depending upon the criteria used to determine the "top 1%."
It is, in my opinion, fundamentally ignorant to attempt to identify a single group to rest sole blame upon for the state of things, today. It is akin
to a modern day witch-hunt, and a very dangerous way of thinking.
Further, this fixation on what other people have is not healthy, either. I don't want other people to not have something - I really don't care what
they have - be it a nickel or a 20 kilogram gold bar. I have a standard of living I want to achieve because it is what I want. I really couldn't
care less if someone has more than me or not - or if someone makes a reasonable profit off of the things I buy. If it's too expensive - I'll go
somewhere else. If I can do it better, I will.
I fail to comprehend why it is that people have become so fixated on the possessions and lives of others. Over the past 60 years, it's like everyone
believes it's their right and responsibility to come along and decide how it is you should live.
It's a very immature standard of reasoning. I grew out of it after my teens (the whole idea that I was somehow entrusted to crusade my standards of
living and acting upon others). When are the rest of you?