I learned a long time ago not to judge people by their looks, but after seeing the occupiers in the Occupy Wall Street protests, I’m making an exception.
I just don’t sense an entrepreneurial spirit, the willingness to risk it all, the intelligence to take an idea and turn it into a fortune, the acumen to run a large corporation and manage hundreds or thousands of employees. I don’t see anybody who can take thousands and wisely turn it into millions. I don’t see any philanthropists who have endowed universities, hospitals and museums. I don’t see any Bill Gateses and Warren Buffets who have given billions back to society. I don’t see any Howard Schultzes who have acted on a dream and created thousands of jobs for those in the 99 percent.
Of course, that one percent includes the Bernie Madoffs and Kerry Killingers, but they are a minuscule minority. Ninety-nine percent of that one percent made their money through admirable qualities that the protesters just don’t have, or chose not to exercise.
My favorite Aesop’s Fable is “The Fox and the Grapes.” The moral of that fable is “any fool can despise what he cannot have.” I have a hunch that Aesop’s moral just might apply to the protesters.