Thursday, June 02, 2005

The American dream?

From the NYT:

"What is the American dream?" said Karen Handel, chairwoman of the Fulton County Commission in Alpharetta [Georgia]. "It's to have a house of your own, the biggest house you can afford, on the biggest lot you can afford, with a great school for your kids, a nice park to spend Saturday afternoon with your kids in, and deep in amenities that get into the trade-offs with traffic."

That's certainly what it seems like.


At 1:41 PM, Blogger Mair said...

It's really frustrating, because as much as I despise this, it's really a fight within myself to realize that I should despise it. I despise it purposefully, but if I allowed myself, I would want it just as much as the Joneses. It's a constant struggle, which is why I have to tirade about it all the time. Anyone symphatize?

At 2:37 PM, Blogger CharlesPeirce said...

Absolutely. I sometimes tell myself that I'm going to bring sweet, radical justice to the world by...working within the system, which includes owning my house, my cars, my clothes, etc., which may be wrong in its entirety. I don't know yet. One practical thing: a lot of houses in these subdivisions have absolutely pathetic yards. If and when I buy a house, I will have half an acre of land. =)

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Mair said...

pathetic yards and no trees! Who wants to live in a house with no trees??? My childhood was full of climbing trees (and then getting stuck because I couldn't climb down). Poor suburban children will miss the joy of trees.

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous a butt said...

yes hello I am a butt.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger RedHurt said...

I grew up without any trees, more or less. Colorado's known for Aspens and Pines, none of which grow in the suburbs of Denver and neither of which are good for climbing.

I can symphatize with you Mair, but I can't shake the feeling that we complain about this (American decadence / materialism) A LOT around here. I think it's good when we offer constructive ways to deal with it or are discussing something that's come up in the news, but otherwise we may have clobbered this dead horse enough.


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