A couple thoughts came to mind after reading Meredith's post on the OWS plan for a "mass paper airplane throwing."
First, these protesters -- who are mostly liberal twits who are also likely sympathizers with the radical green environmental movement, judging by their rhetoric and propaganda -- just leave piles of garbage in their wake. Garbage in the park (which they adamantly opposed having the city clean up). Garbage in the lobbies of bank headquarters.
More notably, my understanding of the mentality of these people finally solidified. I've understood that they're like children. But this "persuade-by-annoying-others" tactic with the paper airplanes helped me finally have a firm grasp on it.
These are people who, much like my two children (a 4-year-old and an 11-month-old), have not yet learned to do things for themselves. My kids are learning, but they still need someone to tell them when to bathe, how to dress, to make sure their bottoms are clean after using the toilet (or messing their pants), when to pick up after themselves, when and what to eat, and, most notably, when to act like members of civilized society and like mature humans -- not honey badgers who "don't give a s**t" and "take what they want." (***Obligatory content warning for the "honey badger" video***)
The big difference is that my young ones are actually learning proper behavior, personal hygiene and a sense of responsibility.
Yes, the people we're dealing with are 20-something children.
These post-pubescent toddlers act out and annoy others with paper airplanes because it worked for them as children. They learned long ago that the adult world (a.k.a. the responsible class) would give them what they wanted if they just whined a little louder and cried a little longer.
In their world -- whether 25 years ago in mommy's crib, or today in mommy's basement -- holding their breath saw their wants met. And "holding their breath" is exactly what they're doing. They're making themselves "suffer" -- holding their breath, living in squalor -- until the adults give into their demands. In a way, they're holding themselves hostage -- not Wall Street. (Actually, they're much like the sheriff in "Blazing Saddles." ***If you click that link, consider this another obligatory content warning.***)
So, while these procreating-in-the-park-while-unbathed-and-unemployed-and-uneducated children make a mess of the areas they "occupy," you and I -- the adults in the room -- will be going about our business of being civilized and showing by example how it is that responsible members of society conduct themselves. Good job, America, you get it.
Now, where's that package of baby wipes? This full diaper reeks.