THE WAKING GIANT

I posted this article a while ago and I think it’s worth reposting and rereading today.

 

The Origins of Envy

By Max Borders Saturday, January 14, 2012

Filed under: Big Ideas, Culture

Our egalitarian feelings were forged in the Stone Age. But the cave man ethos is not always appropriate in the context of the modern world.

Man will become better when you show him what he is like. — Anton Chekhov.

They’re the 99 percent. They have a set of demands as clear as the streets they occupy. They’ll hold a vigil for Steve Jobs, throw pies at Bill Gates, and may just vote reflexively for someone who has come to represent much of what they claim to loathe. But what underlies their demands? What really motivates the Occupiers? Is it injustice? Perhaps. Maybe it’s an idea of injustice wrapped around something they just can’t put their fingers…

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