If you've been reading my stream, you have noticed I'm following the OWS movement. It hits home for me. Every personal post I read resonates. That's someone's real life. That's happened to them, their family, that's what they're dealing with every day.

It reminds me that despite my complaints, my stress, the personal crap I'm going through, I'm still one of the lucky ones, who has a regular paycheck, who isn't worried about where my next meal is coming from.

There's been talk of "choice." For a moment, let's pretend this was the game of Life instead of actual life. In the board game, each player starts out at the same point, with the same opportunities, and one of the few choices at the beginning, is whether to take the quick route, or to go to college. Anyone who's played the game knows that 9 times out of 10, going to college puts you in a better position to win the game. After that first phase, the remainder of the game is based on spins of the wheel. There are very few opportunities for actual choice, and many random occurrences, that determine your eventual outcome.

In the game of Life, each player is assumed to start with equal opportunities. There's no consideration for family history, personal wealth, IQ, or different learning styles. Because people wouldn't want to play that game. Or at least, I don't think game companies would want to quantify the bonuses and penalties required to implement that into the game.

But this isn't the game of Life. People have different lives. Some people make the train, as in "Sliding Doors," while others miss it. (If you haven't seen that movie, please do, it's fantastic.) Not because one person is better than another. Not because one person deserves it more. Just because ... that's life.

Sure, some people do work harder than others. And when they succeed, they deserve to feel good about their accomplishments. But those who don't make it, don't deserve to be pushed down, made small, or treated poorly.

You don't know what battles they've been fighting, what they've had to work toward.

This isn't a board game. Show some compassion for your fellow man.
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