I hear people disrespect the Occupy demonstrators, which bothers me to no end. They say disparaging things like:
"Get a job !" To which my answer would be "I did. I held a steady job for 10 years."
"Take a shower !" C'mon, that's just ignorant and insulting. Really?!
"Ya'll are a bunch of hippies !" To which I would reply - some things like love, peace and happiness - or at least the hope for them - should never be outdated...
"You all are just a bunch of lazy bums with nothing better to do !" There were times when I worked, volunteered, attended school AND single-parented all at the same time.
But, consider this: Artists contribute immeasurably to our economy on a myriad of different levels. Some of them happen to be writing and singing about societal change. Yeah, they (we) may seem 'hippy-dippy', but without them (us), the world doesn't turn on it's axis as smoothly as it should. Some of our best and most pivotal times as a society were changes brought about as a result of sit-ins, marches, petitions, chants, mottos, anthems and declarations... And, yes - sometimes we tore each other down during the process - which didn't stop it - it only served to delay...
Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs said it best: