posted on Oct, 14 2013 @ 03:11 AM
Sorry it took me so long to get back.
The American dream is dead because people no longer plan on having a productive life.
Used to be that people started small and worked towards goals. This took effort, discipline and an actual plan to save money, accrue as little debt as
possible and to always improve your situation.
I wanted to take your post a part because it honestly shares a lot of things that I agree with. My mother works for the public school system and time
and again I'm asked to assist. It is there where you see the kind of children that are being raised these days. No discipline, no respect, and
they're not taught to pay attention and give respect. It's really quite disheartening.
I think most people these days grasp hold of the idea that you're either born with money and keep it, or you're born poor and can't achieve it.
That's honestly not how things used to be. Though, I can't lie - I had a chance to attend a lecture by George Papadreou last week and he actually
hinted at this very thing: people can't thrive when business owns government. However, that being said, I think we as a nation choose for that to
happen, whether or not we consciously address it in that way.
They also used to believe in accountability and integrity. These traits are basically extinct.
There's no pride or honor in the task that someone performs, or in the things that people do. This may perhaps all stem back to how people were
raised, but I'm not a sociologist. You used to find people that said "yes, I used to be here, but now I'm here." It sort of reminds me of
something a professor said on campus at his 60th birthday celebration, "celebrate your roots and embrace them." It also reminds me of something my
first boss told me that I still keep close today (I'm censoring this for ATS) "Don't spew crap to someone spewing crap."
Now the mindset is simply "I want it all. I want it now, and I want someone else to pay for it."
Case in point being all of the ten year olds who have a MacBook Pro, an iPad 3 and an iPhone 5S. I don't know about you, but when I was younger I
had a family use Dell, a pad of paper and a pen, and you didn't go out of hollering distance of your house.
Greed and laziness are the only principles our society believes in any more.
Wonderfully said. I couldn't agree more.
I'm finishing up with midterms this week, so I should have a few more things to add to this then.