Guest Blog: Seeing the Rich as They Really Are from Kyrie Eleison

One of our correspondents did an excellent take on the position of the rich and privileged 1% and I repeat it here in its own right. Thanks Kyrie:

Here is an extreme and oversimplified critique of the major financiers of our lovely GOP, at least how they and their philosophy appears in my view. I know that it does not apply to all of them, as a few did manage to make it big on their own merits. Like lottery winners, though, the average person has about the same chance to do so as well:

I’ve been born into privilege and have had everything either handed to me on a silver platter or rigged by my friends so that I will always win. You know, the true “entitlement mentality”. Let’s expand on this for a moment:

The concept of private property is universally appealing since, for most of us, it means security. It means we get to keep the fruits of our own labors, and since we are born of this earth and cannot survive without it, reserving a small piece of it for ourselves on which to work and raise a family is essential. It would be very difficult to find a person who would not agree with this concept, mainly because they were native to this land and have been scattered… but let’s not muddy up the waters. Certainly we have all learned our lessons from the “tragedy of the commons.”

Somewhere along the way, though, this idea gets corrupted. Things everyone needs that are NOT produced by the fruits of our own labors, rather they just happen to be discovered on the “private property” we now own, become the exclusive property of the owner. People start to get grossly enriched off of these fruits, and through this unjust enrichment they have the means to expand their holdings through enticements, pressure (be it legal or illegal), sabotage, market rigging, war … you name it – if there is a way for it to be had, it will be.

Getting back to the critique:

Thus, this is the way I choose to live my life, and my freedom is precious. People like me keep the aisles smiling at Wal-Mart. I had no part in setting up the majority of these establishments, but you can bet I’m not going to let them fail on my watch. I can try to expand on these ideas, though, and attempt to monetize everything. We’ve conquered the intellectual property frontier, and are making significant gains in the biological/agricultural one. Water is next.

People like the traitorous Warren Buffet have us pegged fairly well – we are probably the most averse to a hard day’s labor than anyone else on the planet. However, this is not going to stop us from turning this idea against others in an attempt to place blame squarely on the shoulders of the poor for allowing themselves to remain in such a predicament.

Wealth is a virtue. Poverty is a vice. Clearly, “God” loves me more than He loves you. So go ahead and Occupy. A wiser adversary would not allow themselves to be so openly exposed. We’ll find a way to deal with those annoying hackers who realize this fact. Doing everything through proxies and keeping ourselves in a perpetual cloud of secrecy has become a way of life for us also.

Don’t act so disgusted. We’ve spent enough time studying human behavior to know that, if given the same opportunities, every one of you would do the same. You can try to deny it, but it would be like trying to deny things like the gold rush. Steer into the skid, and quit trying to fight your true instincts. Once you come to grips with this epiphany, we will welcome you aboard with open arms. In fact, we have a seat already waiting for you

Warren Buffett: traitor to the elite, loyal to his country…



About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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