OK now that I read the whole post heheh
I see what you are getting at.
The younger Gen that is at least mine (Gen X) and the latter Gen Y that are now approaching middle age (X) and those in their 20's (Y) are in fact
the first of the generations to be actively sold the line that was given to the post WWII generation.
A land that we can all be proud of, one fit for the heroes.
Not only sold this by TPTB but also by our parents, who witness the full force of the modern "golden age" and took full advantage of it. So much so
to those that grew up in the 50s and 60s that in fact they never truely grew up with reality, and still to this day hold to the ethos of this time.
Now we know this to be lies, and for the first time it has been shown that the average person, who before could expect as a matter of course to better
his father, now, simply cannot.
That reality coming into maturity is a train crash of a realisation.
But what can we do about it. To my mind, it has to be taken for what it really is. The failure of the capitalist system, and a great opportunity for
us to reclaim self destiny.
Your post, although the title, refers to one quandary, actually addresses something that most of the younger generation, not only in the US, but all
around the world now are experiencing, as I elluded to above.
What we are seeing is the further stratification of society, to widen the gap between the haves and have nots. As those that have, cannot stand the
emergence of the middle class, and so wish to see them back to where they believe they should be; the working class. And so are arrange conditions so
that the majority of the people, believe the current world economic conditions to be anything other than what they truly are. A fabricate dlie, based
on nothing more than man made rules, with man made systems.
At the end there is nothing that will stop someone from having a full and fulfilled life, ful of joy and love. it is only when we have to play by
their rules that the misery begins.
I personally am trying hard to find the proverbial red pill, and I am not just talking about bitching about things on ATS, as a "awakened" person. I
mean literally extracting myself from the matrix.untill normality has returned to the earth. This in itself is not a comfortable position to be in.
But their must be a loophole somewhere.
As for the rest. and the persuit of status and material things. there is only one way and one rule. Learn their rules, and play them at their own
If you succeed tell me how!