I found the following words in a Guardian blog comment:
Subjects of the state. We're expected to work and consume, not behave as citizens.
Because the state is no longer ours, it belongs to the people who bought it.
There is much truth in this. Americans believe in the words of the Constitution preamble about “of the people, by the people, for the people” (or something like that). I beginning to believe that there is more truth in the words of some clever blog commenter.
And I don’t mean the television series...
Freud found the pursuit of happiness to be a distraction from living. He felt that “it would be better to aim for something different: a type of life in which you do not need a fantasy of satisfaction in order to find being human an interesting and worthwhile experience”.
I learned this in John Gray’s The Silence of Animals, which is not a book for everyone. This requires a bit of thought, which is why the above quote caused me to think about the words of the US Constitution that “guarantee” the right to pursue happiness (left undefined). Of course, that was written long before Freund stirred up though and/or muddled human thinking. Many quote the Constitution; few have ever read Freud.
I do not recall ever consciously pursuing happiness. Mostly, I have been satisfied with my lot in life, which provides as mush “happiness” as I can handle.
With the cartoon in an earlier post about declining education standards fresh in mind, an article in one of today's newspapers caught my attention. The content is surprising, but it is not surprising. It's a well-known fact that most Americans know little geography, but I had expected a bit of knowledge about basic premises on which that formerly great nation was founded. All that flag waving should have some residual effect. It's been proven that trickle-down economics does not work; so maybe trickle-down knowledge does not either.
The article stated that 70% of the population of the Beacon of Democracy do not know basic facts about the Constitution. The dumbing down of the population seems to be another Great American Success Story. The rich get richer and the poor are made dumber....
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.