Does this look like your happily ever after; owning a big house, having a job, having 2.5 kids, a white picket fence and a dog? Well if it does, what you desire is to be apart of the ‘American Dream’. Traditionally, the ‘American Dream’ was a set of ideals in which freedom including the opportunity for prosperity, equality, success, and upward social mobility, can be achieved through hard work. However, there is more to the ‘American Dream’ than meets the eye.
I used to believe in this Happily ever after, until I woke up and realized the ‘American Dream’ was… not quite what I thought it was; it was an illusion! In all actuality, ‘American Dream’ is the pursuit of material prosperity in order to show status. You labor long hours to get bigger cars, fancier homes, but have no time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. “Boy, this is the life!” I’ve seen people strive to attain these possessions as markers to signify that they’ve finally arrived, only to have to struggle to maintain it. The ideal of the American Dream sets you up in an ongoing rat race to attain someone else’s vision, and in turn allows you to feel a little more content with your standing in life. Nevertheless, continuing to to run the rat race, only keeps us blind to what is really going on around us.
George Carlin expresses this same perspective best in his legendary routine called the American Dream back in 2005. Carlin gets raw and uncut, as he presents the crystal clear truth on what the American Dream is really all about. Below is the transcript, and the link to the actual video here. Please be warned that the transcript and video contains some profanity in it, so if it offends you I suggest you click back to the homepage.
“….there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, EVER be fixed.
It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got.
Because the owners, the owners of this country, don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.
Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought—and paid for—the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want:
They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.
That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that!
You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street—and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ‘cause they own this fucking place! It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.
By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue—these are people of modest means—continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you.
They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.
It’s called the American Dream—because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
Awaken my friends, your life pursuits ought to be more about personal fulfillment and happiness, and not about status or material that keeps you distracted from the bigger scheme of things. You can continue to turn a blind eye, or you can put on your critical thinking cap and become aware of chasing the dangling carrot on the stick. You don’t have to take my word for it, you be the judge!
Do you believe in the ‘American Dream’? What does the American Dream mean to you? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Shawna Kay ( Blissed Out Belle )
Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Enthusiast, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .