The American Dream

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Thank you, Les Brown. Too bad the closest star (that’s not the sun) is still more than 24 trillion miles away. But America is full of stuff like this, glittery little “because you’re worth it too” fluff pieces that raise hopeful youth up to be underachieving adults complacent with their lot in life because they did their best and that’s all that matters. Just try really hard, and even if you fail don’t worry about it because everyone’s a winner. Serve that up with a smile and a side of comfortable mediocrity and you end up with a nice heaping plate of the American dream. So while I appreciate what Mr. Brown and so many others (I’m metaphorically staring right at you, Disney Inc.) are trying to do, we would be much better served with a bit of realism. Forget the moon and forget the stars; shoot for the world around you, and once you’ve got it, take hold of it and shape it to be a better place for everyone in it. And you can quote me on that.

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