Occupy Melbourne: Are we the 1%?
(image via Facebook attributed to Salvatore Charles Franzese)
So if we've taken to the streets to add our voice to the call for equality, we can't be taken seriously unless we’re wearing hand-woven sackcloth?
I’ve got to admit when I sat on the ground at City Square on the weekend I couldn’t help noticing that the woman next to me was wearing designer glasses, their flashy logo twinkling whenever she moved her head. Then I moved on and thought, at least she’s here. At least I’m here. Perhaps, here in Australia with our relative wealth, we are the 1% in the global economy right now?
I wonder what would happen if one of the bankers left his glass tower on Wall Street and sat on the footpath with the protesters and listened. That’s an image I’d prefer to have in my head, than him swilling champagne and laughing at the masses.
While Occupy Melbourne began as a movement that hadn’t found its feet, slowly it is coalescing into a more cohesive voice, one of solidarity with those who struggle around the world.
Should our relative comfort mean we ignore the discomfort of others? Should we stay quiet in the fear that merely talking about the elephant in the room, how capitalism is failing so many, could brings economic collapse to our comfortable corner of the world?
I don’t think so.
Everyone has a right to adequate food, shelter and love. Do I lose the right to voice this, just because I am lucky enough to have all three?
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