We are the 100 Percent: What Occupy Wall Street means for an Enlightened Society.


“Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a 29-year-old man with liberal leanings, I understand the tendency to take to the streets full of righteous anger. But I think it is so important to remember that we are at a crossroads: we have reached a place in our history as a species where the working class (99%) can no longer stand on the sideline and apathetically watch as the rich (1%) continue to deepen their pockets at the expense of the environment and everyone else.

The time has come to stop pretending that some do not have more than their fair share, while others struggle just to get by. However, our aim must not become to defeat or humiliate the rich. We must always seek their friendship and understanding. We must never forget that the end we seek is a society that is at peace with itself—an enlightened society. Click here to continue reading on Shambhala Sun Space.

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