America DepressedSubmitted by principle_first on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 08:22
I don't want to be rich. I just want to live and enjoy life. I want to wake up on a day when I don't have to work and be able to do the first thing that comes to my mind - like playing a round of golf, going fishing, or just having a few beers with some good friends. Instead, I wake up on those days thinking to myself, "If I spend 38 dollars to go golfing, I won't be able to fill up my gas tank - which needs to last me until my next paycheck still a week away." And it is because of such thinking that many aspire to be rich and wealthy.
Somewhere along this journey, obtaining wealth becomes the lone objective and the original reason deteriorates until it's just an afterthought. What is the definition of wealth anyways? Dictionary.com defines it as a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches. The goal of the journey then becomes to acquire as many "things" - whether it be money or expensive possessions - as possible. This attitude prevails in our society and we compete amongst each other to see who can get there the fastest; to see who can acquire the most. Becoming rich consumes our very reasoning for what it means to be alive. It is along this path to living life, that leads to most of the destruction and evil in this world.
This is exactly why I don't want to be rich. I just want to be successful enough to do all the things I want to do without a cause to worry. And I think that's all most people want in the beginning until they get lost in their pursuit of riches. Such a pursuit has no end and it's only purpose is to benefit the individual. There's nothing specifically wrong with that. As free people, we have the right to be pursue prosperity.
But as a society, we lack morality. We lack compassion. And the desire to become rich turns into envy. It is because of these things that we hate, we destroy, we kill, we lie.........we give up. We give up on living our lives and we ignore everything around us. We become trapped in a bubble and nothing else matters beside making that next dollar.
Yes, I am alive. We all are. But how many are actually "living?" How many can go home after work and do whatever they want? I would say not the majority of Americans. Call me a nutcase, but I like to think that this is what being middle class should feel like. The American Dream that we learned about as kids. Nowadays, it seems like - at least to me - that your either rich or poor. Let me re-word that; the rich/poor paradigm is too ambiguous. Nowadays, it seems like - at least to me - that your either struggling or you don't have a care in the world.
I don't think it's the rich in this country who should be blamed. I think it is the environment that molds us into envious, hateful beings bent on conquering everything around us by any means necessary. The environment is causing the middle class to shrink. Does it even exist anymore? Only one factor regulates our economic environment: our government. How have their regulations strengthened the middle class. I say don't blame those who are successful; because we are all at the mercy of the system. Blame the regulators, the politicians, the lobbyists....those who operate the system. If only they just let us live. We might have peace and an environment were we pursue happiness, not wealth!