This is the time of year that we seem to say goodbye to a year and welcome in a new one. So, what is the big deal, really now? There's nothing wrong with celebrating this, but is it really necessary to make a big deal out of it?
Just think of it. The Occupy Movement has given the world a great amazing and unique gift. Just yesterday, I had a conversation with a fellow occupier about how just one picture of tents in Zuccotti Park or on the lawn of L.A. City Hall was a beautiful thing showing the world that people can assemble to address their grievances as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. As we all know, there were probably millions of pictures, videos, and various visuals from the first phase of Occupy between September and December.
As the subject of the Occupy movement comes up more and more in conversations, I often hear apparently well-intentioned yet seemingly self-righteous comments from employed people that claim that they work hard for what they earn while those protestors are just lazy and need to get a job (or two).
At this time of the year which traditionally starts with Black Friday, the day after another holiday called Thanksgiving, of course the marketplace is bombarded with the hype of mass consumerism. We hear and see stories of customer frenzy over big price deals with the expectation for a big season of big profits for many of the big corporations.