Occupy Wall Street - I'm With the 1%!

Friday, 4 November, 2011 - 6:28 am

The Occupy Wall Street protest and its solidarity protests nationwide have recently been featured prominently in the news. I’m not here to comment on the politics of the matter (although I have many comments…) and my purpose is not to take sides. My purpose is to learn a lesson in our service of G-d, from all that’s going on around us.

A slogan that has been adopted by these protests is that it’s the 99% against the 1%. In other words, they’re decrying the fact that approximately 40% of the wealth is controlled by the top 1% of earners.

I think they have a point; it is 1% vs. 99% with regards to wealth. And I consider myself to be part of the 1%.

You see, I define wealth by the measuring stick referred to by the sages (Pirkei Avot 4:1) “Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot.”

Too often we look at other’s circumstances to gauge our level of success and happiness.  It’s true, in America today it is the 1% vs. the 99% - too few people live with the notion of being satisfied with their lot and I agree, it’s time that we change this. We can’t afford to continue with the status quo.

I’m part of the 1%, I hope you will become part of it too.

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