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What Does “The American Dream” Really Mean?

What Does “The American Dream” Really Mean?

From Wikipedia:

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.[1]

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”[2]

You know what I find interesting about the above paragraph? There is not one single direct mention of money. At all. Ever.

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DAILY INSPIRATION: How to be perfectly unhappy by The Oatmeal

DAILY INSPIRATION: How to be perfectly unhappy by The Oatmeal

I love The Oatmeal (by Matthew Inman). He pretty much always hits it on the mark for me, and especially with this post about the “journey to happiness”, it’s as if he wrote a story about my soul. If you are one of my kindred who understand the word below, click through the link to read the whole post. (Not fully posted here out of respect for the author, who deserves hits on his super awesome website!)

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The Mosh Pit Microcosm

The Mosh Pit Microcosm

The other day, I attended fourth- yes, fourth- music show I’ve ever moshed at. I am no mosh expert. I should also say that I am a 31 year old female, which is not the main mosh demographic. However, I have been both a participant and an observer.

At this punk-ish show that I attended, (Chuck Ragan/Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls/Flogging Molly, for those curious souls) a full mosh pit raged. It was fun and chaotic and, truthfully, a bit terrifying.

It was just like that thing we call “life”.

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Legos and the Rise of the Boxed Imagination

Legos and the Rise of the Boxed Imagination

Do you remember having Legos as a kid? I certainly do- I had a big plastic yellow suitcase full of random brightly colored bits of plastic. I remember the anticipation I would feel every time I opened that thing- what would I create today? For me, it was often houses- I took pride in fitting the doors and windows properly into the randomly colored walls.

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Daily Inspiration: Stop Trying to Be Somebody by Jon Westenberg

Daily Inspiration: Stop Trying to Be Somebody by Jon Westenberg

I needed to read this today. I’ve been go- go- going lately and it’s wearing me down. This article came to me at just the right time in order to remind me why I do what I do, and to keep making things. I strongly suggest revisiting these words periodically, which is what I will be doing in the future.

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