Though, to some, it may be tempting to allow ones heartstrings to be yanked and twisted by the group of humans occupying Los Angeles, it is important to remember that theirs is a campaign of dependency that will slowly drain the love, the blood and the life from our great country.
Shaping the future of America is everyone’s responsibility. The question then becomes “how”. How can more love and light be brought to a country that appears to be plagued with so much pain and darkness? How can it be ensured that everyone’s basic human needs will be satisfied
All parties have this goal in common. Where they differ is in how to go about these changes. From the perspective of Occupy Los Angeles, it is the responsibility of a small elite class called “the rich” to provide for the rest of the population, and that in doing so, a world of equality will be created in which all have equal shares and equal voices.
The end result of this however, is not equality. The engine of this movement is guilt. Guilt for survival, guilt for success, guilt for having achieved more than someone else, whether it be by merit, luck, grace or conspiracy. Greed does exist in this world, and it is true that everyone must work to fight it within themselves. This battle however, should be a personal and internal one, not one that is used to drag each other through the mud, demanding in repayment for the sin of greed more money, more blood, more life.
Humans are not called to judge each others’ faults or weaknesses. They are called to love. People do not have the right to be Robin Hoods, to take from the rich and give to the poor. They do however have the right and responsibility to be loving, be generous, and to teach through example.
Those who are jobless, those that want change, those who see a world with out love and want to heal it, should take charge. Start a company, run for office, devote your life to a change you believe in. You will not be a millionaire, you will live a difficult and simple life, but you will be changing the world more than you ever will by standing outside City Hall begging for alms.
Protect these rights: the right to earn your living, the right to create with your mind, and the right to hold accountable a government that infringes upon these rights. California, give your state back to its people. Cut taxes, abolish laws that make it nearly impossible to start a business here, and trust that humans will choose love, choose to give, and choose to protect their neighbors.
If you need more examples, look for the stories of hope creeping into the news.
Look at the football team that has raised more than $60,000 for an injured player’s hospital bills. Look at the basketball player who gave his winning scholarship money to others so that they too could attend college. Look for hope. Be hope. Rebuild America.
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