Destruction of the American Dream
I’ve talked about it in the past, the destruction of the American Dream. Always,
there have been papers, writings, and thoughts that quantify a particular section of
its ultimate demise, be it due to money, education, or sexuality. Maybe the
destruction cannot be viewed as a singular event or cause. Perhaps instead it must
be examined as a whole process, the decay and ultimate elimination of a dream. Self
destruction, if you will…
Mr. Self Destruct
In all of us, there is a duality of existence which allows for the American
Dream to be within our minds. Part of the mind believes in the dream, is swallowed
up by its fantasy and perfection, while the other part is the screaming voice of
reality that tries to expose it for the lie that it is. Most of the time, such a
voice as the second is pushed away, hidden, and ignored, but it is always there,
sitting in the back of the mind, driving its owner mad. Our lies cover so many
spectrums and so many facets of life, focusing around the pleasures that keep the
dream real in our minds. The pleasure turns to control us, because without it we
would see the reality of our twisted world. It takes us where we want to go, and
gives us what we want to know. A machine that feeds on desire, sex, drugs, money,
and so many other things, and that produces a fake sort of happiness so efficiently
that it not only hides its own existence, but makes us want for it to be there and
fight to protect it. Ignorance is bliss, and knowledge is destruction.
One of the primary fuels of the machine of illusions is materialism and
money. They are the most easily projected images of success and power and as such,
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...oms of two broken states of mind. One of
them would like to sit back and do nothing, while the other would like to end it
all. What we need, is to develop a way of thought that excludes the other two.
A way of honor that leads down a path less traveled, a path that leads to true
happiness and true success. The way is hard, the path is long, and nothing is
ever easy, but perseverance will bring about a life that is true. With hope, go
forward into the world and make the best of yourself. Don’t allow the world to
tell you how to do it. Find the way for yourself.
Anyon, Jean. “From Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” in Rereading
America, Gary Columbo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle, eds.
Gatto, John Taylor. “The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher” in Rereading America, Gary
Columbo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle, eds.