_ Many, if not most, people on this planet have heard of the “American Dream”. Foolishly, many still believe in it. In simple terms, it promises that anyone--regardless of one’ origins or starting point—can be successful and become rich. No one seems to notice that the odds are about as bad as winning the lottery jackpot. But, people hang on to this foolish belief...and spend billions on the lottery.
After years of living in Germany, I have determined the “German Dream”. As befits this nation of disciplined toilers and savers, everyone’s dream is to have a pension and health insurance. All it takes is a job and/or application to social services. A rare few fall through tiny holes in the net, but mostly out of desire to avoid any connection to the government. As you might notice, this is less driven by greed and more by a desire for security.
If one wants to play around and dwell upon cliché, it is easy to imagine each country’s “Dream”. For example, the French versions deals with eating well; the English one deals with feeling superior to the rest of the world; the Greek one deals with cheating: the government, on taxes, and everyone else; the Russian deals with some form of suffering; etc. I like the “French Dream”...
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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.