The “Occupy Movement” Is Actually The Right Name, Because The “99%” Is A Misnomer. The Leftover Middle Class Are The Silent Apathy-ites.
The “99%” is correct conceptually but wrong in reality, because there is still a great number of middle class left over from the good ol’ days, with enough money in the bank for them to feel secure. As a matter of fact, they do not see themselves as part of the 99%. In this article, I will refer to these “couch sitters” as the apathy-ites. They think the people out on the streets are leftover hippies or the poor who do not want to work or young people who are just looking to cause trouble—even if some of those demonstrators are their own children, who are in debt thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, with little hope of getting a job in the career they got (or are getting) a degree in.
These parents—baby boomers in the millions—grew up in a time of prosperity when they were able to buy a home, have a car or two in the garage as well as a boat for the weekends, and take vacations at least once a year. Many still have enough left in the bank to continue to live that kind of lifestyle in their retirement years. They were able to send their children to college, and many of their children, when they graduated, still were able to get jobs in their careers. Unfortunately they also became apathy-ites, better known as yuppies. But some of these once-middle-classers ran out of money and are on the streets in the Occupy movement in every city in the United States and all over the world.
However, there is still a great portion of Americans who have not felt the recession enough to get them out of their comfort zones or even to voice their opinions in support of those who consider themselves the 99%, the “Occupiers.” Those comfortable people are actually part of the 99%, but they think (because they are still comfortable) that the system works and that it is OK if the rich are rich (and getting richer) and that they are just comfortable.
What these comfortable couch sitters do not realize is that this type of thinking worked in the 1950s and even ’60s, but the opportunities for middle-class living started to slowly deteriorate in the ’70s. Now in 2012, depending upon a number of factors (mostly how much money is in their bank accounts), the apathy-ites will be joining the ranks of the poor and will definitely consider themselves as part of the 99%—perhaps sooner than they would think.
Apathy is a terrible thing. Any person who travels to a tourist town to see its special beauty of lakes or rivers or oceans or snow-capped mountains sees a conglomeration of people—tourists as well as gated-community seasonal residents—who are oblivious to the sufferings of the rest of the country and world. We need to start feeling embarrassed about going to these places of smug comfort and apathy while an increasing number of Americans can hardly put food on the table and keep a roof over their children’s heads.
The corporate-controlled news sources on television, radio, and other media outlets and their advertising promote the good life. They may show some short clips of the protestors, of the poor, but it is always in the context of “they are the few.” For instance, May Day was a day of solidarity workers, and hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of major American cities, but ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and definitely Fox gave little attention to any of the people’s May Day protests. When any of these news programs did give attention, they downplayed the amount of people in the streets, always showing the few who were anarchists or unruly looking, to make it look like the Occupy movement consists of mostly violent troublemakers.
For the life of me, I could never understand how the commentators (so-called journalists) can report lies and still consider themselves “respectable” news people. How can they face their own children? I guess it is because they have sold out, and the only way we can defeat their propaganda is not to look at their programs. We need to tune in to alternative news networks like Free Speech TV, Link TV, and their programming. We need to demand that the FCC makes other satellite stations for nonprofit media organizations (like the two I mentioned) more available so that there can be many nonprofit media stations with more programs by creative talented artists of all kinds, including innovative producers and musicians who have something to say through their art. Also, unknown speakers need more exposure, because even Free Speech TV and Link TV often act like commercial television and use popular speakers who are too co-operative with government and corporate media. At times these two established alternative sources do not allow speakers and teachers on either station who present an alternative and necessary truth or, if musical, a new genre, and who the stations think would rock the boat too much—be it social, environmental, political, or spiritual truth. They do not present issues that are not en vogue. If they only present what is en vogue, the public will not get an opportunity to hear and see wonderful and new innovative ideas that can help change the world at a faster pace.
There needs to be true community radio stations that are not run like regular commercial stations, and the people have to keep an eye on them, because if they are not allowing our voices to be heard on their stations or other music to be played, they are not really a community station. There needs to be truly more public television stations. Most of the ones in existence have become too standardized as to who they will put on their programs and what voices they will allow to be heard, based upon who their sponsors are.
Commercial stations are controlled by the profit motive and advertisers. Many community stations, both in radio and television, are controlled by the sponsors giving them big bucks. And before they may play our son’s or daughter’s music, they will look to see if we are a donor. So we do not want to support these kinds of community radio or television stations. The apathy-ites need to be a lot wiser in who they support today.
The apathy-ites watch “Big Brother” on television, particularly in their retirement years, day and night. And Big Brother is telling them who to vote for (because only the politicians who have sold out can pay for television or radio), what kind of disease they have (and what drugs to take for it), how to dress, what movies they should go to see, and on and on.
This has become the normal way of life for the apathy-ites, but they need to take a good look at the real world, here in America and abroad. What they consider “the real world” has fallen apart for the majority of Americans and people all around the world. Their apathy and turning their eyes away from what is really happening does not really serve their children or grandchildren, or their neighbor’s children and grandchildren.
The 1% who feeds these lies to the people of the 99% do not care about them, and when the apathy-ites’ money runs out, when their health insurance runs out, they will find out then the hard way—like millions and millions of others have, in America and all over the world—that capitalism works well for the rich and that in the long run the once middle class will always become the slaves to the 1%.
Every revolution in history happened because the majority of the people woke up at some point and revolted against their oppressors. When capitalism (control of money in the hands of the few) begins to take the place of precepts of the Constitution that our Founding Fathers wrote, we become the kind of society that George Orwell wrote about in his book 1984. We are there. We have been there since 1984, in reality. His timing was close enough. In 1984 in America there was still more comfortable apathy-ites. Now, in 2012, there are many more poor, disenfranchised, and oppressed people who are crying out all over this nation and the world for true freedom.
Freedom in this country was always, for 200 years, true only for the 1% and the middle class, but really never for the poor and disenfranchised, because the 1% and apathy-ites need the majority of people to be controlled so that they can live the good life and keep the poorer people slaves.
So I have to ask those apathy-ites, what is the spirituality you think you have? What is that religion you call yourselves? Because I guarantee you it is not the teachings of Jesus Christ, in this so-called “Christian” country. Jesus never taught Christianity. He taught “The Way,” the way of being your brother’s and sister’s keeper.
His “Way” was for all races and all people all over the world. The 1% likes religions because in those religions are the 1% who can keep the people in bondage to their interpretation of the Bible, the Torah, the Vedas, the Book of Mormon, and the Tripitaka and use the pharisaical appointed teachers of these books to be the infallible voices of God—the priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams who actually teach the religions of financial prosperity, fundamentalism, and religious elitism.
It can no longer work for the true holy men and women within these religions who are called by the Creator to serve humanity, because they cannot truly serve humanity in religions that are controlled by the 1%. In reality, it has always been this way. The good and the bad souls have existed side by side in every religion, university, political arena, and work place. But the Rebellion on this planet is coming to a close. Evil is coming to a close.
The good seed is being separated from the bad seed, the wheat from the chaff. The signs are everywhere. If you are blind to these signs, then you too have become too comfortable. Now it is time for true journalists, artists of all kinds, professionals, laborers, and soldiers to walk out of the systems of greed controlled by the 1%, and in particular, the true holy men and women who have been called by the Creator to be ministers in all of the evolutionary religions to come out of them and to walk in “the true Way.”
This too goes for the people of all religions to walk out of those religions and systems built by greed and trust the Creator to provide for you and your family’s needs. You have never found out the truth of a true faith walk, because you have been taught by the teachers of the 1% that you need the degrees, their prestigious titles, and badge of success to really succeed in the world. But it is not the world you want to succeed in. It is the kingdom of God that you need to succeed in, for this kingdom is the eternal one. And it begins right here on Earth.
The people of the world need to come together in a radical unity, in a Spiritualution movement, and unite in this spiritual revolution and help others survive outside of the system of greed and bondage to the 1%. If the 1% has no workers, no slaves, then their dynasties, their banks, their corporations, and their control of natural resources will crumble.
The apathy-ites must understand the words that I have written in this article and begin to see with true spiritual eyes “The Way.” They do not have to join a church; I am saying to get out of churches if they are controlled by interests of the rich and filled with other apathy-ites! They do not have to join a religion; I am saying get out of them if they are not of “The Way!” Most religions and the 1%’s control of them have made the words “spirituality” and “God” dirty words. They have made “The URANTIA Book” and “The Cosmic Family volumes” dirty words, because both of these books are revelations of “The Way,” not teaching religions.
Jesus actually taught the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood and sisterhood of humankind. Do not throw away Jesus Christ because of modern Christianity. Do not throw away His Father because some people—who do not want to truly practice love, peace, patience, kindness, putting the other person before one’s self, and unselfishness—have made these words concepts to avoid. The Father of all sentient, freewill beings on every inhabited world in every universe who have never fallen in a rebellion against their Creator follow “The Way” of the Creator.
It is the 1% who has put God into little boxes and has told humankind: “This is how you have to do it to be a good follower of the Creator.” They have used religions as a tool to control the masses. Every person knows that there is right and wrong, good and evil (except for those misguided people who try to make evil good and say that everything is OK). All that God is asking of people is that in the moments of every day they follow their conscience and make decisions for the good of others rather than decisions for selfishness.
Joining the Spiritualution movement worldwide will bring true justice to the people of this world, because it will take the majority of people in the world coming out of the false system and following “The Way” to bring about the quantum leap to bring about the first stage of light and life on Earth, under “One God, One Planetary Family.”
About the Author
For his entire adult life, Gabriel of Urantia has been dedicated to making the world as it should be – where every man, woman, and child has food, clothing, a home, and not just subsistence-level work, but the tools and assistance to cultivate their unique gifts, talents, and dreams. As founder of one of the largest sustainable communities and ecovillages in the world with multiple artistic organizations and service programs for humankind, Gabriel is putting what some might call a "Utopian" vision into ever-expanding practical applications daily. As an author, he is one of the most unique and distinct writers of our time. His work provides wisdom, cosmic absolutes, and answers to the questions of the seeking soul.