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What exactly does this mean?

Am I missing something?

I saw this sign in my neighborhood today. Any guesses as to what it means? I mean, there’s a 99 percent chance anyone who reads that sign, is part of the 99 percent. So what is it saying? Support yourself? Get a job? If you already have a job, keep working? It just seems redundant, or obvious, I’m not sure which. Or is it intended for the rare (about 1 in 100) 1-percenter who happens by? And if so, how does the sign-owner intend for the 1 percenter to support the 99 percent? With handouts? A job? What?

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4 Responses to What exactly does this mean?

  1. Azure Boone says:

    I think it just means support the “idea” behind the 99% movement. Support the idea of not allowing the government to be bought out by the one percent who can afford to pay them to make laws that serve them and not the 99 percent. I think 99 percent is not an accurate number in that respect. There is another percent that do live off of the concept of handouts and such. I think that number should be pulled out of that 99, but then everybody would be so confused, lol. What a racket.

    • brianholers says:

      I actually figured that’s what it was supposed to mean, I just struck me as funny. It’s like, everybody who is reading that sign is part of the 99 percent. Or should I say, nearly everybody. But we do love signs. A lot of times it seems we love signs and figure that’s all we have to do, just put out a sign and show that we’re morally superior. I’ve read elsewhere that something like 40 percent of Americans pay no federal income tax,
      and whatever else is true of the very wealthy, they do pay a lot of income tax. So maybe we should factor out the 1% who are the richest (a number I hope to be in one day) and also the 40 percent who pay no taxes and say “support the 59%” that remain. Probably wouldn’t have the same effect. Thanks for commenting.

      • Ouarda says:

        I shared with you in atnhoer post that throughout this summer, I read with a few friends the book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. This book truly has shaped my thinking, and to Ann I am so glad that she wrote it. Along with this book, I sang over my baby boy Ten Thousand Reasons by Matt Redman and the refrain goes like this, Bless the Lord, O my soul, oh my soul, worship His holy name. Sing like never before, O my soul, worship His holy name. (Another one of my friends wrote a blog post on this song today.) I would sing it over and over again over him, rocking him to sleep. And I could hear the Lord singing it over my soul, rocking me into His rest. In all that the Lord brings in my life, I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to give thanks in all things. And I was struggling through this. Ann writes about giving thanks over stuff that we don’t usually give thanks for. Hard stuff. Bad stuff. I knew in my heart to choose thanksgiving to the Lord. I just wasn’t exactly sure how it all shook out. How to describe it to someone else. And then I read Anne Graham Lotz in her book, Why. She writes, There is more to life than being healthy, than being happy, than being problem free, than being comfortable, than feeling good, than getting what we want, than being healed. and friends, I knew all of this, but what she goes on to say next is what really struck me. She continues, There is more to life even than living! And the more to life’ is the development of our faith to the extent that our very lives display His glory! So Jesus is glad, not that we suffer, but that we have the opportunity to grow in our faith and display His glory, which is (get this, girls) the fulfillment of the very purpose for our existence. Remember I shared, too, with you that our home’s verse is Psalm 115:1, which declares, Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name be the glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and faithfulness. Well, we mean it! And we mean it in life and in the more than life. We mean it in the hard, and the sad, and the tough, and the terrible. We choose to bless, to thank; we choose gratitude as our loving response to the Lord. In 1 John, old-man John writes to believers, By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. And here I am, through the first year of mommy-hood and onto the second, realizing that this whole thing living for the Lord is life for life. He gave His life for me in death; I give my life for Him in life. For me to fulfill my role as a wife, I give my life my self, the individual that perhaps I could have been to Tyler to be his helpmeet. My identity is in Christ and the roles that He has called me to wife, mommy. And as a mommy, in a way that I simply have never experienced before, I give my life for Leland’s life. My body, my heart, my sanity sometimes, my mind, my everything, so that he can grow up in the grace and admonition of the Lord. As a wife, when I make dinner, I make dinner as unto the Lord. When my feet and my back and my wrists ache, I humbly, lovingly think about how precious my Savior hanging on the Cross ached infinitely more. And I am so glad that I can share in His sufferings, which are as nothing compared to the eternal weight of glory. And it’s in this, it’s in Christ, it’s at the Cross, that I see His glory and am so overwhelmingly thankful to the Lord. So in all of life and even when the Lord holds our hand into the more than life’, I will sing

  2. Betim says:

    Phoeemnnal breakdown of the topic, you should write for me too!

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