The American Dream – At What Cost?

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When people are asked, "How many of you are satisfied and satisfied with what you have?" the response from an overwhelming majority of people is "Not me". And when asked what they want most out of life, the typical response is "I want to be happy", like happy was some kind of place, like Disneyland or Happy Land. But happiness is not a destination. It's a process. In fact, happiness is not even so much a feeling (unlike popular culture reinforced by the media) but rather a state of being and an attitude if you will. It comes from feeling connected with everything and everyone. It is the level of our consciousness that makes the difference between living "happy" or unhappy.

Living in an increasingly artificial world, it is easy to forget our spiritual roots and very difficult not to experience the illusion of life rather than life itself. When we live by the motto: "He who has the most toys lives" rather than "He who lives the most joys", we invariably experience an artificial joy that prevents us from living fully here and now while connecting with many. real people, life and have real joy. Perhaps this is because, knowingly or unknowingly, many of us have fallen victim to The American Dream's illusion and its promise of sweet, system-based success. of materialistic values.

So before you rush off to say, "I want more money," confusing material success with the experience of more love and joy, ask yourself "at what cost? High to succeed, as narrowly defined by THE AMERICAN DREAM, is it worth it and the great sacrifice? In the pursuit of THE AMERICAN DREAM it is easy to lose sight of what is really important and overlook the many pitfalls You can sacrifice so much just "to get there" to find that there is no "there" There is more to life than material success and living by the code of outer values and superficial that really don't serve our greater good and purpose, then you become disillusioned and life easily becomes an experience devoid of meaning and real or objective joy.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't aim for excellence or even material success. After all, there is nothing righteous about being poor. How can you help your neighbor when you yourself are suffering from a lack? It is unfortunate that money has such a bad reputation ("Money is the root of all evil"). In fact, it is the love of money – greed – that drives some to commit crimes that is the root of all evil). When used correctly with the built-in charity element, money can be a very useful tool to actually make a difference.

It is more spiritual to live well for yourself so that you can give yourself for the benefit of others. You are an expression of life itself and this requires your active participation in the process of life through creativity and prosperity. However, it is essential that you make informed decisions based on the awareness that THE AMERICAN DREAM's promise which is based on a materialistic and superficial value system (to have it all and enjoy it all and live happily ever after) does. is an illusion that may not be in your best interest and may actually cause you more harm than good. Success has its own attributes. It demands a very high price tag that might not be worth it.

But if you still insist on whether or not you have reached "Happy Land", you will know it in the end when you live your life consciously. This means that you practice the attitude of gratitude for all the blessings in your life (remember it could always be worse). Your zest for life does not depend on external values ​​such as the accumulation of goods which produce artificial joy that is as fleeting as it is cruel. You stop defining yourself based on someone else's narrow definition of who you are and should be. After all, your true essence, which is ever-evolving and expansive, is beyond any artificial definition. Now, this is something to get excited about.


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