On Self-Reliance (or Something Like That)

For those people who still cling to the myth of self-reliance, and the even bigger myth that the “American Dream” is driven by such pretences, and who maintain that the most valuable and positive national character trait is our ability to “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps” and collectively create wealth for ourselves and our compatriots, the following article will hopefully cause a moment of doubt.  The realization that we are not the only American republic celebrating The Feast of the Goat, and the fact that the recent election results will decrease the number of fellow revelers in this Bacchanalian orgy of spending and income accumulation should cause both Democrats and Republicans to cringe.  But it won’t.  And that’s the saddest part of this whole mess.  Our inability to see past our own noses and question the dominant motifs we have been fed for generations leads me to believe that our current crisis is only the beginning of a larger tragedy, and not the apex that our leaders would have us believe.  Maybe that’s just cynical, but I doubt it.  For many, its a difficult thing to distinguish between cynicism and realism, but much of this lies in the fact that the two are so narrowly separated.

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~ by iamtomjoad on November 9, 2010.

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