i am the one percent
in my country right now, thousands of people are protesting...
...protesting inequality in wealth...
...protesting high unemployment, greed, corruption...
...the difference in wealth...
and while i'm grateful for our freedom to speak our minds
i can't help but witness irony in their stance
we are the world's one percent
we hoard our wealth
"investing" in that new big screen tv
"bargain shopping" for the latest laptop or tablet
"budgeting" for a new smartphone
"mortgaging" our 3+ bedroom homes
"financing" our cars
none of which are necessary
all of which are luxuries... 99% of the world can't even imagine
i know the pain of financial stress
i know what it is to live on one income
i own the covetousness of my american lifestyle
but, i don't have to send my children to labor in sweatshops
i don't have to worry about our next meal
or our electricity being shut off
i clothe my children in (mostly) clean clothes
i have access to the best libraries and education
i take vacations
i eat out
i am the world's one percent
do i hear them protesting in my park?
do i see their struggle?
do i acknowledge the inequality?________________________________________________________________
would you quietly consider your 1% budget this Christmas and buy a gift for the 99%? (we use the +Samaritan's Purse