why are the two settling for "less"? that seems very un-american to me. hmm
I am 100% sure you meant for that to come across as funny.
But the truth is some feel these things are needed to live "The American Dream"
When I was growing up, up to the age of 6 years old, I was extremely happy. I did not know we where growing up poor. I played, laughed, smile, and did all this careless of what I had or didn't have. By the time I reached 10 years old, I realized the social pressure to have more material things was like a stepping stone in life. By the time I reached 15 I became very eager to gain access to these things and prove a kid from the hood can make it. I assumed the American Dream was being rich and married.
Then one day something really beyond me happened. I realized that every person who has these things no matter how acquired was afraid of loosing it. I started to see what the American Dream really meant. The American Fare of Loosing things you can acquire over again. In this process one becomes self conscious of the things they own and not them selves. Becoming stressed, ill, burdened and trivial in their affairs. The majority forgot that the end result was supposed to be Happiness and loose them selves on the way, becoming bitter in their own self defeat. Sad honestly.
All things come full circle. I stop wanting these things, and reverted back to wanting to just be happy with my self. I work hard and where I am at at 31 from where I was at 18 is a pure success in its self. Not many can carve a life out of an oak tree with a plastic spoon, but I did, I have lived the American Dream for the world I was born in, and thats getting out of poverty with my dignity in one hand and my unwavering willingness to learn in the other.
I think that is more American then any lapel on any suit. Don't you? Is that not a successful American rising above Welfare, to end up working in the work force, is this not the American Dream.......?