Saw this on my facebook dash tonight and had to comment about it somewhere.
For one thing, this reminds me of the “elevator-gate” situation where a woman was harassed by a man in an elevator as she was going to bed. She told men in general that is not how you talk to women. It can be very scary for a woman at 3am to be approached in an elevator or some other secluded place. One man dismissed her problem by saying that women have it far worse elsewhere in the world - fanatically religious areas, for example, millions of women and girls have been abandoned to illiteracy, forced marriage, and lives of slavery and abuse. So, because people have it worse elsewhere, we should just ignore problems we have ourselves? Can we (I’m not sure who we is) address their problems without any money, influence, power, etc.?
The other thing is: I think many if not most of the people at these Occupy demonstrations would like nothing more than to see the people in the top section of the picture doing much better. The Occupy demonstrations are fighting for equality for the world, not just for white people (though some cities have had a problem figuring this out, I’ve heard). My hope with these protests, if they could actually work, would be to demand the 1% in this country and others similar to ours, to distribute their wealth not only to help their neighbors, but also to the much less fortunate who do not have access to food or water. Maybe things will never be perfect, but I believe we can do way better in our effort to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. The people Occupying Wall St and other streets around the world simply do not have the means to help these less fortunate, less privileged/non privileged, people. If our system was set up fairly, many more people could and would contribute much more time and money to others in need of assistance. Look at the money just wasted on wars, “defense,” the bailouts, bonuses, salaries for CEOs compared to the average employee, etc. Then the loopholes, offshore P.O.s, lobbyists, etc. I mean, this is what the fight is against. It’s so fucked up, it’s staggering how this shit hasn’t been sorted out. For the most part, we know what is right/fair. Even though they won’t let on, they know too (the 1%, hell, we all do). But not everyone is willing to stand up for what’s right, clearly not enough are.
For those who agree with the picture, what would you have us do?
Bravo and well said. Thank you. Logical fallacy indeed.
Do you, the person who made this graphic or agrees with it, think any fairness will be brought to these dying children if first world nations do not first get their own priorities in order? Those children don’t seem to be working either. Look at them lazing about holding out their hands begging. Why don’t they get a job? Work harder? Because they do not have the infrastructure or a working economy that supports them. We have a growing class of impoverished homeless people. People will vilify and shun and then reject further when they fall into escapism like drugs. Because currently in the US there are 4 people to every 1 job opening. Because our population is growing and our industries are not. Because technology is advancing and taking over more and more medium skilled positions. Because more and more jobs are outsourced by companies who care more about cheap labor than building infrastructure without it’s “HQ’s” country (if they even still have their HQ here that is). More and more money wil be siphoned from our lower classes, ruining any chances for start up companies or the ability to ask family for some help while you are in school. Or because it is swiftly becoming less profitable to get a university degree. That education has turned into a BAD INVESTMENT for many people. All of these are signs that things are getting worse in this country.
1. Do you really think the people at the top in our country, (who had to unscrupulously fight their way to the top and, once there, then abuse that position to defraud the people in their own community), will help these kids? The fact we even need pause at the thought that perhaps certain diseases are not cured because that would hurt the drug and medical industries dependent upon you being sick to make more money, spells out the problem loud and clear. Do you think THOSE people who helm THOSE callous, profit-driven decisions, will give a rat’s ass about dying kids in Africa? No, the people who CARE are all those “lazy, liberal hippies” occupying your parks or taking a vocal stand otherwise- you know, those people who you are currently scoffing at for giving a fuck.
And no, I am not saying every 1%’er is a callous psychopath, but I bet their father’s are or they are lucky and/or brilliant as hell and hopefully WILL and DO donate money to these hurting people. But if all money lands into the hands of a very small, elite few who have a vastly higher percentage of sociopaths than the rest of the population, these kids are LESS likely to be helped.
2. Furthermore, just as every airplane has the same safety speech on how to put your airmask on in the case of any emergency BEFORE helping your child place on his mask, America must be in a condition to be compassion-oriented before it will ever SHOW compassion. Currently, we are not a nation that values CARING. We are a nation that values money.
Lastly, it isn’t only a personal finger point at some of the 1% who committed legitimate crimes or abuses of system loopholes to effectively steal, but also at the system that ALLOWS this to happen. These are the demands of the movement - accountability of those who committed crimes against the people and changes to the way our government is currently influenced by money.