Pew recently polled Americans ( March 2, 2012 ) where they found that 19% agreed with the statement that “success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside of our control”. Additionally, another 40% agreed with the statement that "hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people". Both numbers polled the highest since 1994.
These numbers are staggering, and should come as a wake up call to elected politicians, politicians seeking election, political parties, movements, the government , and especially the rich elite - corporatocracy. As the Buddhist saying goes, "Mind is the forerunner of all things".
As a preliminary step to making progress, I believe a process that will
lower the status of those who do not 'believe in' leadership may have
to occur. While you want to be inclusive, you do not want to be so open
as to not be willing to somewhat offend and demote certain factions
(in particular, those whose views are unrealistic and not in accord with
(The anarchists and those who do not 'believe in' leadership are not unlikely
many of the same people. Thus, asserting the related principle of the
need for and importance of government should not be a problem. )
As I look down the road and know that there are major elections in November (and some before), I can't help but keep asking myself: "When will people conclude that OCCUPY lacks vitality?". And, I cannot help but answer myself: "Certainly by November, unless the influence of Occupy is seen?". Am I likely incorrect about this, when I feel so certain this would be the time of judgment for Occupy? Am I wrong?
Five months is a very short time in such an arena.