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Occupy Wall Street, Learning to Share the Wealth

Mark Zaifman   |    Mon, Nov 07, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

occupy wall street sharing the wealth

Last week Lemony Snicket's Daniel Handler wrote these 13 Observations on Occupy Wall Street. I caught him on Rachel Maddow's show last Friday where he shared the story of how these observations came about.

While taking a swim at his health club, he found he had to share a lane as it was a little more crowded than usual. The guy he was to share the swimming lane with wasn't too happy about it, and had no intentions of sharing his lane because, "I'm a major donor in this building, so I don't think I have to share a lane."

Clearly this guy has a few things to learn about sharing, both a lap lane in a swimming pool or money and power. This unfortunate event, inspired Daniel to write his 13 observations on the way home on the bus.

I especially like observation number 13 - "99 percent is a very large percentage. For instance, easily 99 percent of people want a roof over their heads, food on their tables, and the occasional slice of cake for dessert. Surely an arrangement can be made with that niggling 1 percent who disagree."

Surely it can.

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