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FROM NEAR AND FAR, BIDDING FAREWELL TO THE AMERICAN DREAM


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Cal
- 998 days ago - worldcrunch.com
That uniquely New World attitude that anyone can achieve success appears to be fading into history.



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William K. (308)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:20 pm
Who defines success? Who says that success is measured in how much big stuff that we buy? What the 1% fail to realize, that when they gather up all the wealth and power, and start making us all pay a lot for access to stuff, is that people will stop wanting stuff. Success will be redefined.

To quote a favorite song:
"No one ever told me that the good things in life...
Aren't in the hands of others..."
 

ellen m. (222)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:38 pm
I have thought about this many time in the years since my parents passing.
I have thought how their generation had so much going for them, and how we, their baby boomer children, were told that their were no limits to how far we could go..and i think we started off pretty well.
But how they would have reacted to see all those dreams and what went with it brought to it's ( our ) knees by only 25 if the greediest of this country, and a government that made it all to easy for them to do it.

But i also believe that if our children and grandchildren pay attention, they may escape by the skin of their teeth in some instances, but at least they have been for warned and hopefully have the time to lift theselves up out of it, and hopefully give others a hand up in the process.

Never have the words to "Teach Your Children" been so meaningful to me, every single word of it.
And i ask any of you that know, or think you know the song, to just google the lyrics and read them, without the music.
Do it twice even. and see if it doesn't ring clear and true, and possibly even make you tear up. 1love
Thanks Cal
 

ellen m. (222)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:40 pm
My bad...that 25 was supposed to be 2%
 

Sue H. (7)
Friday March 2, 2012, 11:46 pm
So, this article makes me very glad that I have no children or grandchildren.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 12:25 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

cecily w. (0)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 3:49 am
As William K. pointed out, "Who defines success?".

The "American Dream" was only that, a dream.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 8:52 am
So much so that in the United States, as elsewhere, “having talent” may just be another way of saying "having inherited money."

Sums it up pretty well, the above line in the article. So much for ladder thinking, when you only "make it" by stepping on the person below you and shoving their face in the mud.

If you think the more well to do have gratitude for this "ladder thinking" society they did so well in, just read the stories I have put on, for they don't.
ON FOOD STAMPS CAN'T VOTE
1% TIP GET A REAL JOB
MCDONALD APPLICATION THROWN AT OCCUPIERS
STUDENT CALLED SLUT BY TALK SHOW HOST
From the tossing out McDonald applications from the Stock Exchange windows at the Occupiers, after 1 million people had already just applied at McDonalds and that was even way more than McDonalds could absorb, to the spewing filth that comes out of Rush Limbaugh's mouth, to the man who left a 1% tip on a food bill of $135 and told the waitress to "get a real job" on the slip he signed, to Brion McClanahan that wants to take your voting rights away if you are on Food Stamps; the filthy rich have become just that....Filthy.

Most, not all, have become callous and show a wealth of ingratitude along with their wealth of coins, stocks, cd's, and other assets they hold near and dear to them.

It is time we all develop our own Vision of what world we would like to live in. 1.5 million people living the USA in 2011 are trying to survive on $2.00 a day. That shows you that this "ladder thinking" is not the Vision that we should be embracing. It is beyond the time that "Circle thinking" needs to come into the Dominent Culture of Society. With our advances in green technologies, building material, we can all live comfortable, warm, dry, and have chemical free foods with "circle thinking" and have more time for dance, song, celebrations than the need to work more and more hours for less and less. Oh, what is "circle thinking" it is what was on this land before Dominent Culture took over and destroyed so much, it was what the First Nations people chose for their Vision.
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 1:40 pm
Noted. Things have to be changed soon. I realize that the wealthy, and maybe some of the medium class (?), if there is such a thing anymore, do not like regulations. But there will have to be some regulatory actions, such as on the taxes the wealthy pay...not nearly enough!!! People became a 'have to have it' culture, when if they could only realize all the stuff in the world is not going to be better for them. It is hard for some with the bombardment of TV, newspaper, magazine ads for the 'very' best. If everyone lived with the principles of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle then they are actually thinking for the good.
Thanks for this interestig article Cal.
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 2:06 pm
I recommend also reading some more articles from the same source.
 

Ra Sc (8)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 4:01 pm
There was a giant picture covering up part of the text of this article. The site should fix their HTML coding so that it displays for everyone.
 

Joy McR (137)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 7:52 pm
Thank you
 

june t. (66)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 1:30 am
thanks for the article
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 10:52 am
I have to agree that it is very difficult for every day people to manage to purchase a home or have decent wages to live on. Once upon a time-it only took one parent working to support a family. Now, both parents working still have a tough time doing so. Wages are pathetic when compared to the cost of living. Few if any benefits with jobs now. Some companies let longer term employees go so they can hire new employees at lower pay rates. I have seen that happen all too many times the last few years. The greedy have pretty much succeeded in destroying the American dream. Now for too many, the American dream is getting one decent meal a day and finding some place for shelter.
 
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