JComedian George Carlin famously said “You have to be asleep to believe it.”
The concept of The American Dream, what seems like a relic of the Cold War, is hammered into our heads from childhood and constantly thrown in our faces by politicians even today.
It’s always defined as this grand idea that the game is not in any way rigged; oh no, it is instead beat into us Americans from the time we are very little that with a little elbow grease, any of us can be anything we want to be in this country, regardless of what circumstances we find ourselves born in simply because… well… this is America.
It’s so trite, it’s kinda hard to even make myself type that. For clarification, here’s what Wikipedia says:
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.
But these days we aren’t talking about basic ideas of personal success that allow people to be free and “with few barriers”. No one seems to remember what “freedom” is anymore around here anyway, and “personal success” has been warped into a prison sentence for most.Freedom has long ago been replaced by a prison with invisible walls.
Most people today equate The Modern American Dream™ with the ability to receive higher education (usually by going to college) so they can get a good paying job to buy a nice big house filled with nice stuff, a fancy car, and have the ability to go on vacation once or twice a year. In other words, rising the ranks in America to achieve that “dream” ultimately equals consumerism, complete with lots and lots of debt.
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