Stating the obvious; ninety-nine is one short of a hundred. Children as well as mathmaticians would agree that one is vital to completion of the sum. One percent can’t make it work and ninety-nine percent falls short; ALL one-hundred are needed to complete the sum.
Referring to the ’99%’ the economy protesters from around the world, those who are feeling fleeced, are beginning to see and use that number to signify the majority of the people who are suffering because of current leadership / economic policies favoring the supposed fleecing being done by the remaining ’1%’.
An author who wrote a book in 2006 put it this way;
“For every one person who can claim success in reaching the standard of accepted self-awareness and prosperity, ninety-nine others suffer from the means used to achieve this prosperity without the ability to attain it for themselves. In the race to be counted of worth in a world of values and standards set to benefit those who set them, no notice is given to the devastating effects of the contest.
‘Freedom’ is an abstract idea perpetuated by those in power over others. Evident forced slavery has simply been replaced with tacit slavery. Rising to the sound of a rooster’s crow to harness the mule to the plow has been replaced with the obtrusive sound of an alarm clock that signals the beginning of another enslaved day. In both types of slavery, the wise ones are forced to work or they will die. The former was provided food, clothing, and shelter; the latter is given a piece of paper that must be exchanged for commodities owned by another slave owner.
The slave’s desire to live enriches the landowner for whom he or she works, and also the merchant from whom he or she must purchase life. The former was forced into chains if work and rules were not completed as established by the master; the latter is locked in a jail cell for the same reasons. Neither chose to be born into slavery; each would have rather been born the child of a slave owner: one who never saw the butt end of a mule pulling a harrow, or the other who will never hear the sound of a time punch-clock.
Though modern owners do not outwardly display their employees as personal human property, the slave trade has transformed itself into a shared commodity of the corporations and wealthy of the world. Within the commercial organizations that buy and sell goods, make products, and provide services, there exists a proprietary implication that if a slave refuses to work for one business, in order to remain alive, the rebellious runaway must submit to another. By running away from one plantation, the need to eat, and be clothed and housed necessitates the acceptance of another.
Chained ignorantly without lock or key, the writing on the wall has little affect on the minds of the wise ones who see themselves as individual and equal human beings instead of slaves. Thus, have they been convinced and deceived. The very essence of their innate human nature disallows the possibility that they can be controlled. They are convinced that it is possible that one day they, too, might own a business and have others work for them, forgetting their immediate state of enslavement by the illusory daydream of financial freedom and wealth.
Day after day, their minds are gratified and lulled into a tempered calm as they toil in the fields, cubicles, or other employment they do not enjoy but have chosen by force. The “Dream” satisfies their inner conflict by convincing them that it is possible to become a landowner; hence, they are indeed equal to their masters who were once enslaved like them.
The wise ones are not isolated to being slaves to the rich and powerful, but have also become indentured to their own desire to become a master. “Getting ahead in the world” has become the model of individuality. It becomes easier for them to alienate their minds from the conditions of poverty and destitution required at the bottom of the corporate chain, because of the image in their minds of future success and the opportunity to jump from the ninety-nine percent to the one percent.
The wise ones have become desensitized, and pay no attention to human history that has paved a path of awareness to the place where the thin thread hangs, and demonstrates that the set percentages have never changed, and never will—one wise one on top needs ninety-nine others below in order to keep them buoyed up on the sea of humanity.
Many of the ninety-nine die with little notice or fanfare, and are soon replaced by other unknown faces, struggling to stay alive, and hoping to one day reach the top. The ones pay no attention to the loss of faceless individuals they knew nothing about. Clothed in robes of excess and prosperity, they find no relevance in any matter outside the walls of their personal kingdom of gratification and family. The robes by which they are clothed came at a price—the cost of other human beings whose every breath stitched the woven threads of their contrived tapestries.” (pgs. 38-40)
How wonderful it would be if people would not think of their neighbor as a commodity or competitor or someone to distrust or someone trying to hurt them or to be fought against. Instead to discover by helping their neighbor, even the very least among us, they, we, are really doing nothing more than helping ourselves and all of mankind. Conversely the same is also true; when we fail to do these things we do nothing to help ourselves or to help mankind as a sum.
When We The People finally see the great evil of the current economic system and spend energy getting it changed to benefit All instead of seeking to satisfy just our own immediate wants or needs, not worrying about what others are doing that may be contrary to their own happiness, people would begin to experience the true value of our own Human Resources and the Joy that comes from being one with all; one of the hundred.
There is only one human organization that has ever been founded on the premise of worldwide equality and the guarantee of food, shelter, clothing, and health care to all Humanity. This organization has the proper formula needed to succeed: It is The Worldwide United Foundation (wwunited.org).
This united effort is the last chance for all of us to stop humankind’s decline and spiral into further chaos, turmoil, and emotional and physical destruction. United, the people of the earth can solve our own problems and reinstate the preamble of our existence: We are free-willed beings with the ability to reason and use our free agency to establish our own individuality.
A parable given to shepherds reads…
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doesn’t leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he’s found it, he lay it on his shoulders, rejoicing! And when he comes home, he called together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
Likewise will all our joy be when no one is lost nor separated nor forgotten nor cold nor without food, clothing, shelter, sick or afflicted, ignorant nor imprisoned, but when we see each one, as sheep of the same human galactic fold, flocked together with one purpose in mind, to be free, rejoicing to be and do what makes us happy while being united as one of the ever equal ever important, one of the hundred.