My kind of 1%.

Via on Oct 11, 2011

What’s this about? Occupy Wall Streeters (now Occupy _______ , it’s spread fast all over the country and world—call themselves (ourselves) the 99%. Read more, much more.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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14 Responses to “My kind of 1%.”

  1. octoberfalling says:

    This is what real love for your neighbor looks like. <3

  2. Ren says:

    I love the sentiment, but I think it's harmful to pit the rich against the poor in the first place. The rich are not the 1%. The 1% are not people, but corporate bank accounts filled with funds set aside for campaign contributions and lobbying, bank accounts with funds larger than the entire lifetime wages of even the top-earning CEOs. Rich or poor, nobody is free until their votes are no longer overridden by those who merely need to sign a check to change legislature.

  3. sara c. says:

    I agree about the pitting not being helpful, all the friends and family and folks I know who are in the "5%" care very much about the world and people who are struggling and are very invested in creating positive solutions and supporting programs and org.'s that do just that. Money does not make you corrupt, people's choices or lack of choices seem to be what creates disharmony and imbalance. Money is a tool and a great gift which can be used many different ways, with many different out comes. It has been troubling and disheartening for me as someone with money to read about how horrible the rich are … I do not consider my self in that category. May people be and continue to be inspired and inspire eachother to make healthy and healing choices for themselves, eachother and this big beautiful planet we call home. with Love, Sara

  4. Peter says:

    thanks Sara for your inspiring comment

  5. in Yoga we are the 100% or we are nothing. <3

  6. John B says:

    If she really cares why not have the courage to give away the 'more than enough she needs'? I think it is sad when you have to be forced to give to those in need…especially when holding a sign claiming to sympathize with the plight of the needy.

    • Sandy says:

      Why be against someone who actually cares.
      Focus your sentiment on corporations & the uber wealthy.

    • Steph says:

      We here have no idea how much she gives or does not give. We cannot know that. And I, for one, do not require her to give every cent she has, or even most of them, in order to believe she is sincere.

  7. [...] is where the top 1% comes in. There is obviously a grossly uneven distribution of wealth in this country, but are all [...]

  8. [...] of us, 99% and 1%, need to be loved. We need to be seen in our wholeness. Our suffering, yes, and our [...]

  9. anon says:

    @John: Because it's not her responsibility to give it all away. And as Steph says, we have no idea what she gives or doesn't give. She obviously cares because she's taking a stand and just bcause shes one of the lucky few doesn't mean its up to her to give away everything she has – what would be the point of that? If she gives it all away, than shes no better off than anyone else. I think she means by comparison to the 99% she has more than she needs. I'm pretty similar to her. I won't likely have the same financial worry as a lot of these people and I also feel the way she does – I want everyone to have what I have. I like that she's standing with the 99%.

  10. guest says:

    John, your comment sounds bitter and jealous if you ask me. Not a very good argument. She's standing up for the people who don't have what she has. Why respond in a negative way?

  11. elephantjournal says:

    From FB>

    Occupy Wall Street isn't about hating the rich. Many of us want to be rich. This is about being sick and tired of greed:
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    Phillip Rodriguez which is why the occupy wall street protesters greedily didnt allow the homeless to eat with them. great examples.
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    elephantjournal.com Phillip, you might be badly generalizing…OWS quickly (and for months since) became known as a go-to place for good food for the homeless—so much so that it became an issue. Seems the poorest among us aren't doing too well. ~ Waylon.
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    Adam Samson It's a sad state of affairs wnen there are so many homeless for whatever their reasons are. True we all would like a larger slice of the pie, but to have more than you can eat is only an offer to share in the making. Stop the greed and put some back into your cities poorest communities.
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    Terra Rafael Let's remember that most of us reading this ARE rich compared to so many in the world- gratitude & sharing- YES!
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    De Nice Many of you want to be rich? Money doesn't make you happy. So your saying you don't like a group of people because they have something you don't. Sounds a little immature to me but whatever… just my two cents. Peace
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    elephantjournal.com De: actually, I'm saying the exact opposite. This isn't about hating anyone, or any group of people. That's why I said "this isn't about hating the rich. Many of us want to be rich." We may not want to be rich so that we can be happy—if we're not happy now, or learning to be happy now, we'll never be happy whatever's in our bank (er, credit union) account!

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