Steve, I find your theory to quite depressing, but I do agree with it on many levels. The "American Dream," to me, is just a tool that the ruling class use as a method to exploit the working class and give them a false motivation to work harder with small, slightly increasing reward. Now, the only inherent flaw I see in your idea is that it suggests that we all aspire to be rich or to be powerful, when in fact some people (myself included) do not wish to have a comfortable lifestyle with a 3-storey craftsman house and a golf club membership. I don't mean to insult you or do any injustice to your philosophies, so if I'm misunderstanding, please correct me. I measure success by being able to achieve what I desire. I don't care, in all honesty, whether I make a lot of money, or even $40,000 a year. Sure, a level of comfort comes with a steady, nice income, but I don't desire a level of comfort, because that doesn't force me to be living "on the edge," to be cliche. However, this isn't to suggest that I will be a drone in some corporate environment with 100 people working above me; this I refuse to ever do. I will never be a slave under a business man. I am an artist, I am not selling my intellectual property for a minimal yearly sallary to give some jackass who sees me as a tool a higher stock price. I'm not part of the chain. I suppose now that I think about, independence gives me satisfaction. Independence from corporate reliance and from the system that Steve so aptly illustrates. If I have to sit on the dole between jobs every once in awhile, so be it.
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9/6/04 at 4:15am