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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The American Dream?

I saw/heard these two reports yesterday and today and it immediately struck me how differently Americans look at things. We're fooled into believing this "American Dream" stuff where everyone has an equal shot at the big house, expensive cars, 6 figure salary, etc. Part of the folly is that those things aren't what life is about and we shouldn't strive for that- the other part is that we don't all have an equal shot at millionaire or quarter millionaire status. The American Dream is kind of bogus. Isn't it really about who you (or your parents) know or are? Isn't that how our last president got into Yale? Some of it is self-imposed, like a person whose parents didn't go to college- how likely are they to go to college. Or is neither of your parents has a PhD (or is a doctor or lawyer), how likely are you to end up with one? I'm not saying it never happens, but really what are your chances? There are social and economic considerations, not just parent's education, too.

Oh well. I don't have time to finish my thoughts, but here are the links:

This article was tagged 'best colleges for big salaries' on Yahoo's front page today:

And for a more realistic look (yes I know I live in the US and this is about the UK):

1 comment:

  1. The American Dream?

    I, too, have been concerned about this sales pitch. As disciples, our goal should be growing more like Christ everyday. Our work should be adding the graces to our lives (2 Pet. 1:3-11), focus our lives around being a blessing (1 Pet. 3:8-13), monitoring our lives in a way that we strive not to harm our neighbor (not just the ones we see, but others that are affected by our actions; Rom. 13:8-10). These are all summed up in looking like and walking with Jesus (1 John 2:1ff).

    The "American Dream" distracts us from this. It becomes the Mammon master. How many struggle with straddling the fence -- believing they can put God first while putting the American dream first?

    Now, that doesnt mean Christians cannot do well financially. Many do, and not at the expense of the kingdom. Sadly, that is not always the case. 1 Timothy 6:6-19 gives great instruction on how to keep the master mammon at bay for those who are rich. sadly, how many Christians spend much of their time serving their material benefits and blessings? How many are never blessed because we have been too busy spending on ourselves. The American Dream is NOT God's dream.

    I am glad you posted on the subject.