Back before the 99 percent were squatting on the streets of our cities, or before most people even were aware of the term ‘one percent’, I watched a film by one of the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company. His name is is Jamie Johnson, and he created a film, which you can watch in its entirety below, called The One Percent. In this film, Jamie sometimes secretly and sometimes not so secretly, films other wealthy young people as they go about their lives. This voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of the one percent, amplifies the growing wealth gap between the two ‘classes’ of Americans (according to the film).
I found my personal response to be one of pity more than envy as I watched young people with more money than I’ll see in a lifetime wander aimlessly among frivolous pursuits with no aim or goal in mind. The value of hard work and enterprise seems to have escaped them. They are living on the toils of past generations and have nothing greater than themselves to live for.
At the same time, I thought about my position in the ‘one percent’ of the world. Yes, that ‘wealthy’ group of individuals making more than roughly $30,000 a year constitutes a mere one percent of the planet’s people. How am I going to live my life in such a way that the 99% doesn’t look at me with resentment as I and my country, the US of A hog all the resources of the world for ourselves? Food for thought.
Here’s the film’s trailer:
And if you have time, here is the 89 minute film in its entirety: