Open Letter to “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters

Dear “Occupy Wall Street” protestor,

I am Wall Street.

No, I am not one of the top 1% who controls 40% of the wealth in the US, but I hope to be someday.  I also like investing in big companies and need them to be profitable for my savings.

You speak of greedy big companies not sharing their profits, but you forget that these companies were only created for profit.  It’s the reason people start companies.  Without a profit motive, there would be few big companies to employ people or create wealth for investors on Wall Street.

I understand you are frustrated right now with high unemployment, but it’s not the fault of Wall Street or big companies.  If you’ve been unemployed for a long time, it’s your fault.

Yep, your fault.

I’m not trying to be mean, but I think our grandparents who made it through the Great Depression would be rolling over in their graves if they saw you protesting “Wall Street”.  You should be out looking for a job, training for a job, or creating a job. Maybe it’s not your dream job, but there is work out there.

That’s what Americans used to do.  When the going gets tough, we should keep on going. We don’t waste time protesting a good thing.  Profit and success are good things.

These protests look foolish.

You blame Neoliberalism?  (explained here on Wikipedia)  You claim it’s the reason we don’t have jobs or can’t afford healthcare, education, food, or our mortgage.  Those are excuses.

Excuses and irresponsibility are the problem.

We have economic problems because consumers bought homes they shouldn’t have, borrowers got mortgages they shouldn’t have, banks made loans they shouldn’t have, companies insured assets they shouldn’t have, and investors bought securities they shouldn’t have.

Protesting won’t help.

It’s time for you to go hunting for income and profit.  No one else is going to fix your problem.  It’s time to be an 8pm Warrior.

Have a responsible night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Three Brave Words

“I was wrong.”

A warrior has to be confident that they will win every battle.  But what about when “winning” means losing?

Sometimes I get myself into stressful situations by taking on the whole world at once:  meeting deadlines, getting places on time, responding to everyone in a timely fashion, getting finished work sent out, etc.   Many times my wife will provide support as needed or help get me out the door to an event.

Believe it or not, sometimes I’m not always pleasant while she’s helping me.

Here’s where it gets hard for us 8pm Warriors.  We try so hard to take on the world and achieve our dreams, but along the way we may hurt the people we love (and need) because of the condition we leave ourselves in while working late, taking on too much, running, pushing, chasing.

Saturday morning I was rude to my wife because she brought blue socks instead of black when I was late for a luncheon I had.  I was irritated and acted like she was on the opposing side…

I was wrong.

When you spend your whole life trying to be perfect, these words are so hard to say. It’s so hard to admit that you’ve failed.  However, there is still a place for bravery in a modern world, and it takes bravery to do what is right when you’ve done something wrong.

I thought about it on my way home and apologized to her.  It’s amazing what kind of healing goes on when someone apologizes.  They love us, they understand us.  And it means the world when we are honest when we are wrong.  The human side is refreshing.

Just a reminder from one warrior to another.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert