By now, we've all seen the WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT Tumblr site that presents the personal stories of people who work hard, but who struggle due to circumstances beyond their control.
|wearethe99percent.tumblr.com is an example|
of an independent Occupy signal amplifier
|This image is one of the most evocative that I've seen on either site.|
It has unsurprisingly inspired some thoughtful responses.
In fact, there appear to be two new waves starting independently. Go check out "Faces of the 99%" and "The Faces of the 99%" (Will the real "Faces of the 99%" please stand up! :-)
What I like most about these new initiatives is that they are attracting posts from "normal" people. By "normal" I mean "people like me" of course (isn't that everyone's definition of normal ;-) Seriously though, I guess I mean people who are not struggling under the current global economic paradigm (financially or ideologically).
People like me, and I imagine, like you, because you have access to the Internet and time to waste reading my blog.
Like me though, these people consider themselves part of the 99%.
I'm very happy about this development for two reasons:
1) It means that the Occupy message is making its way deeper into the mainstream.
2) It means that one day, I will be able to put my own story up without worrying that others may feel that I'm putting theirs down.
A problem with 2 though is that I have appalling handwriting... So, since I will need to type my story up and print it out eventually, I thought I'd give it a trial run here first to see how it goes down.
So please let me know what you think of the following first quick attempt at my own 99% story?
I had a happy, middle class upbringing
In very nice suburb of Perth, Western Australia
(not too far from the beach)
We always had plenty of good food on the table.
I had excellent public primary and secondary education.
My Dad worked a bit too hard... (and still does!)
but that was (and still is) his choice (and I respect that.)
(Besides, he has done very well for himself - and what's wrong with that?)
I got an affordable degree from a world-class university.
I've had a series of fantastic jobs and I've traveled the world.
I've lived in Dublin, Boston, Silicon Valley, and now just outside Brussels.
I have a beautiful wife, two gorgeous kids, a dog, a cat, & six chickens.
I have a lovely big house and huge yard for us all to live and play in.
Life is very good for me
I am heartbroken that my children have been condemned to an impoverished future
I am furious that this has happened to further enrich the already obscenely rich
What do I want?
I want my kids and grandkids to have the same opportunities that I had
I want everyone else's kids and grandkids to have the same opportunities that I had!
I am the 99%