“It was as if I’d been entranced from birth into a collective nightmare of separate individuals struggling in an alien universe for survival, satisfaction and significance.” One by Jerry Katz
It seems that for most the prime directives of their lives are to complete their education, get a job, own a home, cars, things, etc. But sometimes these things end up owning you. This defines the American dream, along with continued pursuits for happiness, which seem never-ending, especially if one is looking for happiness externally. Our Western society sells us a bill of goods and most of us buy into it. That bill of goods is what we strive for our whole lives, hoping to reach the American Dream. This works out really well for the powers that be. Most of us buy the bill of goods and take the bait, hook, line and sinker without thinking for ourselves. We can easily spend our lives as trained robots feeding the machine of consumerism. It can be difficult to go against the grain; the pull to fit in is a strong one. The American Dream is very seductive, creating a trance like state and before we know it we have fallen fast asleep in order to dream the dream.
We can break out of the original mold of the American Dream. We can wake up from the dream realizing that truly the best things in life are free…. A bird’s song, a child’s laughter, the wind, sun, rain, the breath of life, love, touch, relationships. We can set aside things that don’t really matter and create lives that express our individualism, depth, connection and meaning.
We are of no lesser worth if we don’t own a massive house full of stuff, a big polluting car, the finest clothes, college degrees, all the newest technology ….on and on ad nauseam.
We can create a new dream by taking a more minimalist approach to life when it comes to things. We can open up space for presence in our lives when we come to understand that less is more.
(please excuse John’s language…)