Well, yesterday here in the U.S. was Thanksgiving, a day when we’re supposed to reflect on what we have to be thankful for from the past year. The origin of the holiday comes from when the ill-prepared settlers of this “brave new world” were saved from starvation by the generous help of the natives that they later turned on in a near genocide. Like with so many things in United States history I get to be thankful for the aid of those Native Americans because their selflessness and compassion made it possible for me to be here today, but I also have to be embarrassed because of the subsequent abhorrent acts of the settlers greed, ego, and utter lack of humility.
And given all of that, God and I had no trouble this year with agreeing on something for which to be thankful: We’re thankful for the Occupy Wall Street Movement, for those individuals out there putting up with police brutality, illegal arrests, and tear gas, to exercise their basic right to protest and to point out the greed, ego, and utter lack of humility of those corrupting the system so that the obscenely rich can continue to win the class warfare that they’ve been successfully waging since Nancy Reagan pushed her husband to national office.
One thing in particular struck me in God’s comments about the OWS protestors, she told me that they reminded her of Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers at the temple of Jerusalem. I guess bankers have a pretty long history of screwing things up. God may not be one of the 99%, but she’s definitely on our side.