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Destruction of the American Dream

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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.

Piggy

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,

become th...

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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.

Works Cited

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.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the decay and ultimate elimination of a dream.
  • Opines that we can believe in, and through that image our sight is tinted in the color.
  • Opines that lives are determined by who we are or what we can be.
  • Opines that it's only a matter of time before there isn't enough.
  • Opines that many of them, unfortunately, were unable to get the plague to fall upon the people.
  • Describes the people who decided that there must be only one correct religion.
  • Explains that people who believe in other ideas are viewed as heretics of society.
  • Opines that we are an apathetic people who seem to have no regard for the personal.
  • Opines that we should sit around and think about how much better we are than them.
  • Opines that all the lies and smashing all dreams, so they can sleep soundly at night.
  • Opines that time is an escape, removal, release from the pains of real life for a few.
  • Explains that those who cannot or will not attain this state of living are shunned away, isolated from society.
  • Opines that women are treated as objects to be conquered, objects that can be given.
  • Opines that free thought makes us expect, or even want, to complete them.
  • Opines that they do not wish to see thinkers, philosophers, artists, and the like come out of the world.
  • Opines that machines want to be enslaved to society, and many long for release.
  • Describes what society would like, and the only way for the battles of the mind.
  • Explains that 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, while the other part is the screaming voice of reality.
  • Analyzes how the machine that feeds on desire, sex, drugs, money, and so many other things, produces a fake sort of happiness so efficiently that it not only hides its existence, but makes us want for it to be there.
  • Opines that money is the most easily projected images of success and power and as such, become the primary focus of our society.
  • Opines that we strive to one up our neighbor by owning more cars than days of the week and more houses than seasons.
  • Explains that people are told what to believe and do so blindly out of fear of being wrong and different.
  • Describes the questions that come to mind when trying to recall their memory of the attack of a land that was not theirs to claim.
  • Opines that people today go to church every week because it's what they're supposed to do, and past that they couldn't give a damn. they care one hour per week.
  • Opines that addictive, by the nature of its “quick fix” solution to a problem, is not something that can be cured by taking pleasure each night.
  • Analyzes how the "heroes" are almost always portrayed as strong and masculine. the ruiner turns to the only option left: tear the whole thing.
  • Analyzes how victory means returning to a life where everything is fake, nothing is real, and destruction of all life and meaning, for everyone who can touch.
  • Opines that the machine is inside of us, yet we are stuck with our heads in the clouds, in a dream that cannot possibly come true.
  • Narrates how a working class girl is scorned and told that she is wrong for trying to do faster math.
  • Opines that the only way to escape brainwashing is to fight it as it happens, which many of us are simply incapable of doing at such an age.
  • Opines that too often, this reaction comes as too little, and too late. the grave has been carved from the dirt that the broken empire once stood upon.
  • Opines that one must develop a way of thinking that excludes the other two.
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