14 February 2011 in

This Really Wraps Stuff Up...

FEBRUARY 15, 2011

“The American Dream” is something we have been determined to get for a very long time. Some of us have attained it, some of us are almost there, and some of us will never achieve it.
In reality what does this illusive “American Dream” mean?
Beautiful cars, enormous houses, diamonds, Dom Pérignon or more specifically stuff, stuff and more stuff! Now I am all for enjoying the finer things in life. Great food, well-made clothes, a comfortable home, and a reliable car are all things which make life easy and delightful. However, we have lost sight of how to enjoy these things in moderation. We live in a world of “I want it, and I want it right now! Plus I will take 50 of it even though I only need 1 AND I better get a good deal on it!”
We have shifted our thinking from what we NEED to what we WANT. Now, now we didn’t do it all on our own. Big business was right there with us patting us on the back saying – spend, spend, spend!
This trend continues as we are bombarded with stories of countries going bankrupt, oil on its way to extinction, food insecurity in some of the richest nations in the world, unemployment, recession and massive over-consumption – but who am I kidding, in a world of consumerism it’s nothing a little shopping therapy can’t fix. Right?
Enjoy the film.
the outspoken introvert

14 Comments So Far:

  1. "American Dream" isnt that just it? a dream?

    What would we have if we actually achieved this? wouldnt we still be dreaming? When have we actually been happy by a "thing" arent our fondest memories and the most enjoyable moments when they involve people,actions,and events?

    Its never the house,car,jeans, or tv that made us happy, it was the achievement off accomplishment that dream. Then we are onto the next cause that is just old once we have it. What is enough? When is enough? Who has enough?

  2. To answer your question "the American Dream is a national ethos of the United States of America in which democratic ideals are perceived as a promise of prosperity for its people." It is the desire to live better than our parents did; although it started in the US it has spread globally. This is the context I was referring to it in.

    I agree that, it is important to dream, achieve and be proud of those accomplishments; if these didn't exist the world would stay stagnant. However the idea of need and want has been confused by many. I appreciate that you champion people, actions and events. They are the most important as they connect us as human beings.

    In regards to material possessions at some point it has to be enough. Firstly, endless growth cannot be sustained. Secondly, success, achievement and self-growth should not be equated with the rat race of accumulating stuff. For many though, that is the case. Their possessions are the only representation of their so called happiness where little is appreciated and everything is replaceable.

    Thanks very much for your insights :)



  4. "I want it, and I want it right now!" This is a very true quote that people have tended to lean too, I agree.

    I think people should really be happy for what they have in life. Everyone wants to have nice things, but there need to be limits set. Don't spend more then what you have.

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