Occupiers Upset About Everything

Reality keeps coming, as noted in this article in the New York Magazine (language warning). People are upset that they don’t get to drum all day and all night–and that their fellow occupiers might want to sleep also. People are upset that they have to share their tips. People are upset because of the community consensus process–so they are breaking into smaller groups. People are upset that other occupiers are acting like spoiled children. People are upset that fellow occupiers are not sharing their stuff equally. People are upset that fellow occupiers don’t like to clean up. People are upset that their fellow occupiers are making them clean up.

In short, people are being people in a park in New York City. And other people are wondering why it is working out this way.

It is simple, really. Human beings are not intrinsically good. Rather, they are intrinsically flawed. That’s why we need laws which are based in fact outside of ourselves. That is why the rule of law is key to a useful society. That is why quasi-anarchy does not work.

Perhaps some of the occupiers will use what they’ve learned to grow up. Then again, maybe they’ll just be upset about that, too.

2 thoughts on “Occupiers Upset About Everything

  1. If they were of a mind to grow up, they wouldn’t be there.

    And if the authorities in New York were of a mind to make them grow up, they wouldn’t coddle them.

    Some of this is the fruit of an understandable parental desire to protect our children from pain. What should be done is teach our children how to face pain, overcome it, and still do some good in the world in spite of it. Instead, as a society we coddle them until they’re 30 when they’ve finally finished a desultory tour through various campuses and suddenly discover that all that stuff cost money – money banks expect to get back with interest.

    That’s when they move to Zuccotti Park and start banging on drums like toddlers throwing a tantrum which, I suppose, is what they are.

    1. I can hope for late bloomers, can’t I?

      You are correct about protecting children and how we have taken (culturally speaking) a good thing and overdone it.

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