The NEW American Dream???



When I was growing up the American dream was to be married have 2.5 kids and a dog, live in a house with a white picket fence and a station wagon in the driveway while being a stay at home socceer mom with a husband who did some sort of white collar work.

Now in 2010 That same dream is sold to us in car commericals and real estate ad's but translates into a much different reality at least in NY or at least to me.

Riding home on the subway last night I chatted with an old HS friend about how we feel living in New York.

From that conversation I've come to the conclusion that two types of New American Dream Roads exist in New York, both with the same end goal, but goal is a mansion in long island with a benz truck 1-2 kids from 2 different women, living with you boo or wifey, not wife, where the dude owns his own record label and the girl is an aspiring model.

Now-a-days its either you hustle hustle hustle and knock down everything and everyone in your way to be the best and accumalate the most money, status and recognition possible

OR

You figure out ways to milk the system, through social welfare, section 8, wic, public assistance, off the books jobs, whatevet you can to appear as poor as possible thus also accumulating the most money without ever working to get it.

In this city it seems like you only achieve 2 ways. Vicious overachieving or destitute underachieving, everyone in between?
STRUGGLING!!

The culture in this country seems to breed cut throat selfish greedy Americans on both the overachieving and underachieving models.

We've all heard the stories. The almost millionaire living alone in a rent controlled upper west side apt, 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms, overlooking central park rent $300 or the project girl getting section
8 and welfare and ACD vouchers while earning her masters degree... Or the person who never worked a day in their life constantly finding people to claim on ssi, disability, welfare and always tries to sell you their EBT dollars for cash in the supermarket, drives a benz and wears jewelry bigger than Liz Taylors

Is this just the NEW American way?

xoxo
Carrie Pink
Pretty World Inc
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14 comments:

Cheeta_Blossom said...

I often think about what America is these days. You hit the nail on the head. It's not in me to be cut throat, however is it what I need to do to achieve my dreams. Whatever morals your family has taught you, through it out the window......

And lets not even talk about being single and trying to find someone. Courtship is a thing of the past....

SMH!

Carrie said...

But we have to have more faith in society don't we at some point or else we are all doomed!

If enough of us who came from families built on morals values and hard work, doesn't that mean that one day we can shift back to a society where morals values and in the case of relationships actual courtship occur work and are respected again???

Hope cannot all be lost, someone has to stand up for whats right, don't they?

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