Occupy Vancouver started today. Thousands showed up downtown. I contemplated whether I should join the event or not. I agree with some of their arguments put forward, but disagree with others. In the end I stayed home today because I got hooked on this new HBO series and just had to finish all of season one. But I support people coming together to share ideas and experiences, and create new aspirations to pave a better road for society. Protests are also great places to meet new friends with similar viewpoints. Everyone has the right to peacefully protest, and everyone deserves to be heardヽ(´▽`)/
|That’s a lot of people, for a Canadian city.|
Unfortunately, not everyone can be an elite 1%, so for the rest of us 99%, how do we fare against each other? I’m more interested to know how my income compares to those in the local economy than to billionaires, because all I really want is to have enough money to hang out, fit in, socialize, and enjoy the same standard of living as my friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It’s not about showing off or keeping up with the Jones, it’s about being invited to go clubbing after work and asking myself ‘can I afford it?’
Well In America, if you made more than $33,048 in 2008 then you are already better off than 50% of the people in the country. In Canada, if you made more than $28,840 in 2009 then you are also in the top 50% of all Canadians. So unless I get a pay cut or something I have no complaints because I can already afford a more comfortable life than the average citizen. The point is, if you “only” make $35,000 a year and feel poor, cheer up! You are still richer than most people in North America! And if you really want to feel wealthy, just focus on the things in your life that money can’t buy.