Achieve what? A life of misery working in a cubicle year-round?Originally posted by castille,
while Americans have always pushed for achievement.
Let's not foreget that most people in the US do not do jobs that they are crazy about. They don't do crap that they would want to do anyway, even if money was not an issue.You can say that many have gotten used to this type of unfulfilling, hollow lifestyle, working at some crappy job all the time, so they can make more money and spend it at the Mall. Or at the car-dealership. Or etc.
Ad when I mean crapy job, i don't just mean the menial, poorly paid ones. there are lots of jobs out there that are very well paid and are crappy as hell.
Americans are enamoured with money for money's sake and they would sell their eternal souls for it, not just their present lives (which obviously they are willing to do).
If you think this is a life of "achievement" you are sick.
I prefer the European "decadence". To have a life beyond work, to be part of a community, to get a chance to spend some time there as well... is not decadence, is normality. It is part of being a human and having a fulfilling life. It is what keeps people from becoming the kind of sicko sociopathic wacos than only in the US you can find.