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Is the American Dream worth the struggle?
..they told us what we should want and gave us the (often quite rigged) rules of how to get it.
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate, so we can buy shit we don’t need. We were raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t.
I dunno, Joe.. The okee doak you bought ISN'T the American Dream.. In fact, as you noted, it's a recipe for failure.
Fortunately, the people who told me how to get it were RIGHT. It's 2 simple rules, really.. Pay yourself 1st, and take advantage of compound interest.. Fancy cars weren't mentioned. If you do it right, you can retire at around 42, and live the rest of your life quite comfortably..
I read ALL of Napoleon Hills books and took his success course. The ONE thing I took away from his course is embodied in the following poem:
I bargained with Life for a penny,
and Life would pay no more,
However, I begged at evening,
when I counted my scanty store..
For Life is a just employer,
it gives you whatever you ask,
but once you have set the wages,
why you must bear the task..
I worked for a menials hire,
only to learn, dismayed,
that ANY wage I had ASKED of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.
There are no more gun problems today then at any other time.
Nahhh.. Before Charles Whitman, nobody shot up the place for kicks... Ever since then, people have been copying him..
On August 1, 1966, after stabbing his mother and his wife to death the night before, Charles Whitman, a former Marine, took rifles and other weapons to the observation deck atop the Main Building tower at the University of Texas at Austin, then opened fire...
Now, I dunno HOW to fix it, but pretending it's always been this way ISN'T it..