Monday, September 10, 2012
The Panda Bear on Fair Weather Cats and the Lower Percentages
The Panda Bear has discovered that her cat is a fair weather cat. She hides in the apartment from the Panda Bear and Mr. Panda during rainstorms. The cat does not respond to the Panda Bear or Mr. Panda when they call for her when she is hiding. The cat seems to have the philosophy that when disaster strikes one should save oneself first. When the sun comes back out, the cat will come out from hiding and jump on the Panda Bear’s lap waiting to be hugged and petted.
One of the purposes of the Panda Bear Blog is to be a blog for the people of the lower percentage. The Occupy Movement started a good trend in coming up with the concept of the ninety-nine percent. However, the Panda Bear does not think the occupy movement went low enough in their percentage points.
The Panda Bear thinks the top twenty-five percent can be very snobby. These are the people of the United States’ “upper middle class”. The United States would like to see itself has a meritocracy so the top 25 percent can see itself has being quite the elite. The Panda Bear would include in this group such people as college professors, MDs, upper management and journalists. These people can regard themselves as a little “better” than other people ; the Panda Bear has grown up close to this group and perhaps as had aspirations to this strata of society.
However, the Panda Bear has been a failure in this respect. Economically, the Panda Bear is probably in the sixty-to seventy-five percent of the US; not poor but not part of the upper elite.
In the office the where the Panda Bear works, the Panda Bear is in the lower thirty percent of the office population. Most of the office is considered “salaried” and therefore is not paid for overtime. Their jobs are considered to be “professional”. The Panda Bear is of the lower thirty percent of her office who are paid for overtime; their jobs are considered less professional than the salaried workers.
The Panda Bear is in the lower ten percent in her housekeeping skills and ability to play games involving a ball. (However, the Panda Bear has been more successful in her housekeeping tasks-subject for another blog posts).
The Panda Bear Blog is a blog for the lower percentages; a blog for people in the middle who are muddling through life.
The Panda Bear things the upper percentages should remember that they could not be in the upper percentages without people (or bears) like us in the lower percentages. By definition not everyone can be in the top one percent; most people are in the average range and some people are even-gasp-below average.
During the past two weeks, the major political parties have had the conventions. There has been much the US being a more partisan society. Part of the reason for the deepening splits within the US is that the upper classes are increasingly socially insulated from those in the non-upper classes. The US needs to embrace economic, political as well as cultural diversity.