One of the biggest ways to divide a people is to create opposing sides. These sides are generally arbitrary – we pretend that there is a solid division, but as in most things in life, there is seepage. Solid lines are actually fluid. And ideologies are the poster children of this: how many people are truly seated in one philosophy, forsaking all aspects of all others?
Creating these divisions doesn’t just break us into opposing teams. It also creates the power to insult and deride the neighbors and family and friends who fall on the other side of the arbitrary lines. It is DIVISIVE. It does not create solutions, it only serves to break us apart. And when we are divided, we are weak and easy to control.
It is not about Left and Right.
It is not about Conservative and Liberal.
It is not about Politically Correct and Socially Incorrect.*
It is not about Yes and No or Black and White or even really Rich and Poor, not at the root of it all.
It is about Power and Powerlessness.
The point of calling us the 99% isn’t just about the financial aspects – it happens that the Super-rich are the ones in power BECAUSE they have money, but the money itself isn’t the problem. That’s why when people say that Occupy is Anti-Capitalism, that’s a red herring. It’s how Capitalism has been handled, how the people with the most money have ALSO become the people with the most power. That’s why, no matter if you like the term or not, unless you are seriously independently wealthy, you ARE part of the 99%.
We are too quick to let the divisive terms come between us. We don’t have to agree on all the issues. That’s a battle for later. What’s important NOW is giving the power back to the Community, and taking it away from this small percentage of people who have been allowed to run everything, to their benefit alone.
Change is scary. It’s never easy. But if we allow these WORDS to divide us, we will never improve our state. We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by partisan terms.
*I disagree the claim that the opposite of “politically correct” is “politically incorrect.” Just think about it. Both terms are used derisively. To convey a true opposite, the opposing term should lack that pejorative edge.